Correction of Protruding Ears
Correction of Protruding Ears - Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can correct protruding or disfigured ears by enhancing the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Whether the defect was apparent at birth or caused by an injury, otoplasty can correct it. In this procedure, the ear is given a natural shape, with balance and proportion to the ears and face as a whole. Patients experience drastic benefits to their appearance as well as self-esteem after undergoing this procedure.
- Otoplasty (Bilateral)
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What should I expect?
Prominent ears that project from the side of the head by reducing their projection through incisions hidden behind the ear.
How should I prepare?
It is also best to stop smoking several weeks prior to your surgery and refrain from taking aspirin or ibuprofen, as these increase the chance of bleeding.
What are the risks?
Some risks include, but are not limited to, bleeding/hematoma within the incision on the back of the ear or recurrence of the prominent ear. Recurrence is the most commonly cited complaint from patients who have this procedure. However, with a revision, this will ultimately be corrected.
How do I ensure my safety?
Be sure to pick a surgeon that has training and performs the operation in an accredited facility. Also ask to see their previous work.
What will recovery be like?
Experiencing discomfort after ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. Some patients report itchy sensations under the bandage, however it is imperative that the bandages are not removed before your physician advises. Failure to keep your bandages intact may lead to loss of correction and the need for a secondary surgery. Be sure to ask questions about your recovery and what to expect during your individualized recovery time. Be sure to avoid putting pressure on your ear for at least 4-6 weeks after the procedure to avoid a quick recurrence.
How much does it cost?
In the United States, the average cost of the correction of protruding ears is $3,868, according to BuildMyBod's 2020 Plastic Surgery Pricing Report.This includes costs of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related fees.
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