Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is routinely recommended to correct the shape, proportion and positioning of one’s ears. Many candidates for this procedure are children between the ages of 4 and 14, who were born with overly large, protruding, or abnormally shaped ears. Still, adults can also benefit from this surgery for the correction of deformities and injuries that have left one of both ears abnormally shaped.
- Protruding Ears
- Abnormally Large Ears (a condition called macrotia)
- Lop Ears (where tip folds down and trends forward
- Shell Ears (where certain features of a normal ear are missing)
- Torn or Disfigured Ears
Ear Surgery Treatment Plan
Normally ear surgery takes 2 – 3 hours; however, depending upon the complexity of the procedure, the surgery may take longer. With regard to insurance, health insurance companies may cover the procedure if it involves a hearing impairment that would be improved by the surgery. Insurance may also cover the procedure if it is being performed to correct a deformity or congenital abnormality. However, if the procedure is purely cosmetic, insurance may not cover it.
After this procedure, the patient should avoid straining, lifting, bending, or other exertion for up to 10 days, at which point a resumption of normal activities may be approved by your surgeon. Note: A patient’s ability to return to work and athletic activities will vary based on the extent of the surgery, and your doctor’s instructions should be strictly followed.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost will depend upon the nature and severity of the problem. After a consultation and full examination, you will be provided with a treatment plan that includes your estimated costs for the following: surgeon’s fee, charge for outpatient surgical facility, local or general anesthesia, routine pre-op medical tests, and routine post-op pain relievers and antibiotics.
Your surgery may or may not be fully or partially covered by your health insurance policy. How much coverage you receive depends upon the details of your policy, the nature of the surgery required, and the type of correction the surgery will provide. .
Patients feel no pain during the surgery because they are either lightly sedated or under general anesthesia depending upon the extent of the surgery. After the procedure, patients are prescribed medications to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
You’ll see an immediate improvement in the shape, position, proportions, and symmetry of your ears. Still, it will take 4 – 6 weeks for your ears to completely heal, at which time the final results of your surgery will be fully apparent.
Yes, children as young as four can have this procedure to correct a deformity or protruding ears. In fact, many parents choose to have their child undergo this surgery as early as possible to avoid ridicule and low self esteem when they begin school.
Yes, in the majority of cases the results are permanent. Because there is a slight relapse tendency after otoplasty, the ears are usually overcorrected. Furthermore, any chance of relapse can be greatly reduced by following the post-op instructions religiously and wearing the protective nighttime dressing.
View typical results for Ear Surgery
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is routinely recommended to correct the shape, proportion and positioning of one’s ears. In fact, many candidates for this procedure are children aged five or six, who were born with overly large, protruding, or abnormally shaped ears. Still, adults can also benefit from this surgery, particularly in cases where injury or accident has left one or both ears abnormally shaped.
Commonly, the results of ear surgery are long-lasting and leave the patient with a new sense of confidence. This thanks to the elimination of a defect the patient perceives to be very noticeable and disfiguring. Hence, the surgeon’s goal is to leave the patient with ears that are positioned, proportioned and shaped in perfect synergy with the other features of the face.
Recovery After an Ear Surgery:
Avoid straining, lifting, bending or exertion for up to ten days after surgery, at which point you will likely be told you may resume normal activities. However, a patient’s ability to return to work and athletic activities will vary based on the extent of the surgery, and the doctor’s instructions should be strictly followed. Otoplasty patients often must wear a bandage around the head to hold the ears in place. Stitches are usually removed within a week, and the bandage may have to be worn for several weeks.
Prices for Ear Surgery:
The all-inclusive cost for ear surgery includes:
NOTE: All expenses associated with your cosmetic procedure will be presented in writing for your approval prior to surgery. Affordable financing is available, and because Danik uses an outpatient facility, we are able to pass on to our surgery patients substantial savings.