Procedures / Cosmetic / For The Face / Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of protruding ears or to reduce the size of large ears. It can also help correct ear deformities such as "lop ear," "cupped ear," or "shell ear."
Are you a candidate for an otoplasty?
Otoplasty can be performed on children and adults, however children need to wait until the ears are almost fully grown. This usually occurs by the age of 4 or 5.
What are my risks?
With any operation, there are associated risks. These include infection or a reaction to the anesthesia. A small percentage of patients may develop a blood clot in the ear and this can either dissolve naturally or may need to be aspirated.
Occasionally an infection can occur in the cartilage, which will cause scar tissue to form. These infections can be treated with antibiotics.
What does the consultation consist of?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Stroup will evaluate your general health, examine your ears, and explain the procedure to you along with the risks of the procedure. In addition, your doctor will give you different options based on your particular situation.
At this time, your doctor will also discuss with you the types of anesthesia and risks involved, the estimated length of your surgery, and what your healing period will be like. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Dr. Stroup want to be sure you have a complete understanding of the information given to you so you can make a decision which is right for you.
After meeting with the doctor you will be offered a computer imaging session, which will help communicate to the doctor, the outcome and result you are looking for along with what Dr. Stroup thinks is a realistic expectation. Photographs will be taken and altered on the computer screen to give you an idea of what changes you can expect to see as a result of otoplasty.
From that point, you will meet with our financial counselor who will give you the exact price quote for your otoplasty. She will give you the options of the different facilities where you can have your procedure done along with their fees for anesthesia and the use of their facility. We do have a financing company with which we work closely, and if you are interested in this, you will be instructed how apply for a loan. The criteria for this is about the same as being eligible to take out a car loan. We also accept cash, checks, money orders, VISA, Mastercard, or Discover.
You may want to schedule your procedure at this visit or you can contact our surgery scheduling department at any time. At the end of your visit, the financial counselor can answer any additional questions you may have thought of, or you can meet again with your surgeon.
What will I need to do to prepare for surgery?
Once your surgery is scheduled, you will be given specific instructions to prepare for your surgery including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking/avoiding certain medications or vitamins. You will also need to arrange for some one to pick you up from the surgery because you will not be able to drive home after recently having sedation or general anesthesia.
How is the surgery performed?
Otoplasty can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to perform. During this surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Sometimes, a piece of cartilage will need to be removed in order to provide a fold or reduce ear size.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be placed in a bulky bandage to promote the best healing while immobilizing the ears in their new position.
What will the healing period consist of?
A few days following your procedure, the bulky bandages will be replaced by a lighter one that is like a headband. You will need to follow the directions your surgeon gives you as to when you will need to wear your head dressings and for how long.
Your will need to be careful with activities that may cause the ear to bend for a month or so. Most people are able to return to work or school in about five to seven days.
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