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Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is a common procedure that helps correct ears that are unaesthetic and protrude too much.
Otoplasty is a common type of ear surgery that helps correct ears that are unaesthetic and protrude too much. Dr. Matt Goldschmidt at the Cosmetic Surgery Center is an otoplasty surgeon that has performed numerous ear pinning surgeries and earlobe reduction surgeries.

Candidates

The ears can be reshaped and made less noticeable by “pinning” them back to allow them to stick out less. Children and adults can be teased about their ears when they protrude too much. This can become a significant problem for many individuals, especially boys or men who do not have long hair to help conceal the ears. The protruding ear may result from the poor development of the natural folds of the ear or the overgrowth of other areas of the ear. Otoplasty surgery is designed to re-create these folds and to reduce the protrusion of the ear from the scalp.

Recovery

Patients generally do not experience significant pain but will need pain medicine after surgery for the first few days of their otoplasty recovery. Bruising may also occur after surgery, which may take a few weeks to resolve. Dr. Goldschmidt usually sees patients the following day after the Otoplasty surgery to ensure the healing phase is perfect, and the results will be amazing!

Procedure

The procedure is relatively short and is performed in an out-patient surgical center. It is typically done with anesthesia. Once the patient is marked, incisions are made behind the ear, and permanent sutures are used to help reshape the ear. Some cartilage may need to be removed so that the ear can be made less protrusive. A head wrap dressing is then placed to help stabilize the surgical repair of the ears. This bandage is worn for approximately seven days after surgery, and then the patient is instructed to wear a headband for the following four weeks.

What is the best age to undergo otoplasty?

Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgeries that can be performed on children. Otoplasty is appropriate as soon as the patient’s ears are fully grown, which typically occurs around the age of five. While otoplasty does not have to be performed on children, it is often beneficial. The earlier the surgery is completed, the easier it is to recover, and the less chance there is for the patient to experience ridicule. Most otoplasty patients turn to ear reshaping or earlobe reduction because they have experienced bullying or taunting. This treatment allows patients of all ages to feel more comfortable and confident in the appearance of their ears.

How long does ear surgery take?

Ear surgery is usually performed in under two hours. Occasionally, more complicated procedures may take longer.

Is ear pinning done under local anesthesia?

This procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia to minimize pain and enhance comfort and safety. General anesthesia may be preferable for younger patients so that they can be asleep and unaware of the procedure.

Can ear surgery cause brain damage?

Otoplasty, especially ear pinning, is a simple and straightforward cosmetic procedure and permanent side effects are rare. Unfortunately, there is always a chance of complications. These can include infection, blood clots, and hearing loss; there is no evidence that ear surgery can lead to long-term brain damage.

What does otoplasty cost?

The cost of otoplasty varies depending on the geographical location, the techniques used, and the extent of the procedure. Additional cost factors include anesthesia, facility fees, surgeon’s fees, and post-surgical dressings.

For more information about Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) or to schedule your Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 350-3175.
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