Protruding ears can cause a lot of issues in terms of embarrassment and self-consciousness. At Core Plastic Surgery, Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, corrects protruding and excessively or misshaped ears by performing ear surgery on people living in and around Birmingham, and Mountain Brook, AL.
What is Otoplasty?
Also called ear surgery, otoplasty is done to correct or reshape the ears when they are excessively large, misshaped or protruding. The objective is to make them more proportionate to the rest of the face and less noticeable. Otoplasty is easily performed on small children whose ears cause lots of ridicule.
Ears that stick out are an especially serious problem for children. Prominent ears can make a child the victim of merciless teasing, jokes, and derogatory nicknames. In most cases repositioning the ears back alongside the head solves the problem completely.
That’s why the sooner in life the problem is corrected, the better. Ear surgery or otoplasty in Alabama can be done as early as age four or five (before entering school), and, of course, at any time for adults.
Benefits of Ear Surgery
Ear surgery restores balance to the ears and provides the following benefits:
- Corrects shape and position of the ears
- Increases self-esteem
- Performed on small children
- Short downtime and recovery
Who is a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a popular surgery with children and adults. It corrects protruding, misshaped, or poorly positioned ears so that those suffering from this stigma can have a desire to look like everyone else. Other issues, such as cupped ears or ears that are smaller than they should be, can be corrected through ear surgery.
How Do I Prepare for My Otoplasty?
Every patient receives personalized instructions to help them prepare for their best procedure and recovery.
It is important to prepare children for surgery, as it may seem very scary. The preparation varies slightly with children to make them more comfortable with it. Other steps for preparation involve receiving pre-op instructions to follow before the surgery to help ensure a successful procedure with fewer side effects.
What is Involved with My Otoplasty?
Though there are different approaches to the procedure, the most common one involves reshaping or removing some of the cartilage behind the ear. This pulls the ear back flat against the head. If the ears are oversized, they can be reduced and reshaped at the same time.
Since the incision is made on the back of the ear, any scar is faint and easily concealed by the natural creases there.
What to Expect After Otoplasty
The procedure takes about an hour. After surgery, the ears must be covered with a dressing for several days. You’ll probably wear a light dressing while sleeping for another few weeks, so you don’t accidentally disturb the healing tissues. Most people are up and around a day or two after surgery.
When Will I See the Results from My Otoplasty?
You can see the results immediately following surgery; however, there may be some bruising or swelling for a few days or weeks after the procedure. The results are long lasting and give patients, especially children, more self-confidence.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
The cost of otoplasty is different with each patient depending on what is being done and whether other treatments are being performed during the same time. We go over the costs with you during your consultation, and payment and financing options offered through CareCredit®.
Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to people living in and around Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and across the Southeast to look and feel younger. Contact Dr. Core’s office today to schedule your consultation!