Do you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County and feel like your ears are too large or that they stick out too far from your head? These are common complaints and can be corrected through otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, as performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., of the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery. During this procedure, the ears can be reshaped, made smaller or set closer to the head.
WHAT IS OTOPLASTY?
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to correct the shape, position or proportion of the ears. Otoplasty is also used to correct structural defects in the ear caused by genetics or injury.
BENEFITS OF OTOPLASTY
The embarrassment of having ears that stick out or are misshapen can be traumatic for many people, especially kids, and the simple procedure of otoplasty can provide permanent life-long relief from that concern. Otoplasty is performed primarily for purposes of improving self-esteem and self-confidence. Many patients claim that the procedure has given them a new lease on life and allowed them to become more socially confident.
IS OTOPLASTY RIGHT FOR ME?
Otoplasty is performed to correct a variety of aesthetic concerns toward the ears. Many patients feel that their ears stick out too far from their head. Others find that their ears seem too large for their face size. Otoplasty can also be performed to correct specific ear shape concerns, such as large earlobes. Unlike most forms of plastic surgery, cosmetic ear surgery is often performed on children and teens, rather than just on adults. If you are a Fort Lauderdale or Broward County area resident unhappy with the size, shape or position of your ears, otoplasty may be right for you.
HOW INVOLVED IS THE OTOPLASTY PROCEDURE?
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, requires general anesthesia and can take up to an hour per ear. Dr. Eberle will make an incision behind the ear or in the ear’s natural folds. Then, the cartilage and skin of the ear can be trimmed or reshaped. Internal sutures can be placed to pin back ears that protrude too far from the head.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER EAR SURGERY?
Most patients take about a week to recover after ear surgery. Common side effects include tenderness, swelling and bruising. After surgery, patients will have surgical gauze over their ears for several days, and must sleep with a soft headband to protect their ears. Some patients report initial difficulty sleeping, especially if they usually sleep on their side. Patients are usually back to work or school in less than a week, though strenuous exercise should be avoided for several additional weeks.
HOW MUCH DOES EAR SURGERY COST?
Even when the patient is concerned with the appearance of just one ear, surgery usually involves both for a more symmetrical result. In some cases, this cost may be covered by health insurance, depending on the severity and cause of the issue. Financing is available.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County and feel self-conscious about how your ears look, otoplasty surgery may be right for you. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your consultation.