Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is performed to reshape the ears. It is commonly performed on patients who feel that their ears are too large or protrude too far from their head. Otoplasty can also be used to reshape specific areas of the ear, such as the earlobes.
Is otoplasty right for me?
Ear surgery is available to patients who feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. Unlike many other forms of cosmetic surgery, otoplasty is commonly performed on children and teenagers; parents often choose otoplasty as a way for their children to avoid the potential of teasing over overly large or protruding ears. It is also available to West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area adults who are unhappy with the shape, size, or positioning of their ears. Ear surgery may be right for you if you are in good overall health and have large, disproportionate, or protruding ears.
How much does ear surgery cost?
In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, otoplasty costs average $2,500 to $4,000. This figure is for the correction of both ears during the same surgical session. While generally considered to be a cosmetic surgery, in some cases health insurance may cover this procedure, depending on the cause and extent of the ear reshaping need.
How involved is the otoplasty procedure?
While this is a surgical process, it is a fairly minor one. Cosmetic ear surgery usually takes about an hour per ear or two hours for the entire surgical procedure. It can be performed with local anesthesia, though general anesthesia is often recommended, especially for children. An incision in the natural creases of the ear or behind the ear enables access to the cartilage forming the structure of the ear. During this surgery, cartilage or skin may be trimmed away to make the ears smaller. Ears that stick out too far from the head can be pinned back with the use of internal sutures.
How long is the recovery after ear surgery?
The initial recovery period lasts about a week. During this time, side effects such as swelling, bruising, and soreness are common. Patients who have received otoplasty surgery in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area are instructed to wear surgical dressings over the ears for several days, supporting the new contours of the ear tissue. A soft headband provides extra protection while sleeping. Some patients find it hard to sleep for the first few days, especially if accustomed to sleeping on their sides. Most patients are back to work or school in a week or less, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for two to three weeks.
What should I do next?
Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your disproportionate or protruding ears? Do you wish your ears were smaller or positioned closer to your head? If so, otoplasty surgery may be the solution. Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.