Otoplasty, or sometimes described as “pinning back” the ears, is designed to change the ear shape and contour. It may be performed on anyone over the age of six years old – when ear growth is almost complete. For children with severely protruding ears, it is recommended surgery be performed at an early age before they are subjected to psychological stress related to the condition.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery Corrects Prominent or Protruding Ears
Before cosmetic ear surgery, a medical history will be taken and a physical examination conducted. The physician and patient or, in the case of a minor, a family member, will discuss how the ears should look and what can realistically be expected. The type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, and possible risks and complications are also discussed.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery – What to Expect
Otoplasty is performed in our on-site surgery facility. It can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia in which the area is numbed, and the patient remains awake. Premedication may be administered to relax the patient. Preoperative instructions may include the elimination of certain aspirin-containing drugs for several weeks before the procedure to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding.
Ear surgery can take up to two hours or more, depending upon the extent of surgery. There are several cosmetic ear surgery procedures that can be used, which are designed to bring the ears closer to the head. Dr. Marvel may either fold down the cartilage and use sutures to keep the folds together or remove excess cartilage. After reshaping the cartilage, the incisions are closed with small sutures and the ears are covered with bandages.
Pain connected with cosmetic ear surgery is minimal to moderate and controlled with oral medication. Bandages are removed within a few days, but may be replaced with a lighter head dressing. Bruising around the area occurs but fades within a few weeks. Some temporary swelling occurs, but the condition can be alleviated by keeping the head elevated when reclining. Although patients are usually up and around one or two days after surgery, the decision as to when normal activities can be resumed is determined by Dr. Marvel and is based on the extent of surgery and the patient’s healing process.
Find Out More About Ear Surgery
Each year thousands of otoplasty procedures are successfully performed. Occasionally, a second procedure is necessary if an ear begins to protrude again. Dr. Marvel has successfully performed countless cosmetic ear surgery procedures for our patients throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. You can see real patient results by browsing cosmetic ear surgery before and after photos.
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation, or if you’d like to talk about average ear surgery prices, contact Marvel Cosmetic Surgery and speak with a member of our helpful staff. We would be happy to give you more information about pricing, but the best way to get an accurate estimate is to set up a consultation with Dr. Marvel. During your one-on-one meeting, you’ll be able to discuss your personal goals in detail.