Ears that are out of proportion with other features can cause some people to feel self-conscious. Young children in particular tend to experience bullying and other social consequences for this common condition. Fortunately, there are options that can help. Otoplasty, or Ear Surgery, can address oversized and prominent ears. Dr. Moises Salama, our board certified plastic surgeon, performs this procedure on patients of all ages who desire ears that sit closer to the head. During your initial consultation, he will go over what bothers you about your ears and develop a customized treatment plan to help achieve your cosmetic goals.
How old should you be for Ear Surgery?
Both children and adults can benefit from this surgery. As long as a child is at least six or seven years of age and the ears have reached full size, then they can likely receive this procedure. Dr. Salama will customize the operation to suit each patient, keeping in mind factors like age, cosmetic goals, anatomic characteristics, and more. Younger children may require a longer recovery, and while healing they will need to be monitored during play so as to minimize the risk of damage. Dr. Salama will discuss any other considerations with you and your child during your initial consultation.
What can be achieved with Ear Surgery?
Ear Surgery can provide many benefits, including:
- Enhanced ear shape and proportion
- Improved ear symmetry
- Reduced ear prominence (ears will sit flatter and closer to the head)
- Heightened sense of self-confidence
- Life-long results
What will the scars look like?
Several techniques can be used to address ear prominence and improve ear shape, and Dr. Salama will determine which approach is ideal for you or your child. As with all procedures, we will make every effort to keep the scars as well-hidden as possible, with incisions often located in the natural folds behind the ear. While scars may never disappear entirely, most patients report that the marks do not bother them or are unnoticeable. Additionally, your hairstyle may completely conceal incisions, depending on how you wear your hair.
What can I expect during the procedure?
To make the ear sit flatter and closer to the head, a small amount of tissue and cartilage is removed from the back of the ear. A wedge-shaped piece is trimmed and the edges are closed and contoured to achieve the desired outcome. In some cases, the incisions can be placed on the inside of the ear, hidden within the natural folds. The approach used will depend on your unique treatment plan. The type of anesthesia used will also vary depending on the complexity and details of the surgery. Whether local or general anesthesia is used, you should be able to return home the same day as the operation. We will provide the information you need at your initial appointment.
How long does recovery last?
Adolescents and adults usually take about a week or less off from their normal schedule, including work and school. Younger children may need more time off depending on their needs. During this time, it’s important to keep your head elevated, even when sleeping, so we recommend using a couple of pillows to help prop you up at night. Children need to be watched during play and instructed to be very careful of their ears while healing. After a few weeks, they should be able to play as normal again, although the timeline may vary. You should have a good idea of the final outcome after two or three weeks. Minor changes may continue for up to a year, even though you may not even be aware of any other developments.
Some tenderness, swelling, and bruising is normal for the first few weeks, and we will provide medication to help make your experience as comfortable as possible. Children will need support during healing to understand what is happening and to help participate in the process. We can provide suggestions on how to handle this event if needed.
How much does Ear Surgery cost?
Since every treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the patient, the fees associated with the procedure will also range. The cost for Otoplasty is $3,500. We will provide a full breakdown of the cost of your treatment so you can make an informed decision about your care. We also work with financial lending agencies, which offer affordable rates and appealing terms for qualified applicants. Talk to our team for more information.
Ready to enhance the appearance of your ears? Contact our practice today to learn more about Ear Surgery and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salama.