Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes and repositions the ears so they fit better with the natural contour of the face. It is used to correct ears that are too large or protrude outward.. Ear surgery gives individuals the confidence to show their entire face from every angle without anxiety about their ears.
The Surgical Experience
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds on the back of the ear so scarring is minimized. The cartilage will be addressed and either removed, or reshaped. The cartilage will be secured with sutures, and may be softened to allow reshaping.
Ear surgery cases are typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes 1- 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears, but this will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
The average cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. The cost varies from $1500 – $7,000, depending on the complexity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the results long lasting?
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, it will take several months to achieve the final result.
How long is the recovery?
After ear shaping surgery, the patient’s head is heavily wrapped to encourage healing and proper shaping. After a few days, Dr. Demianczuk will remove the dressing and apply a headband that will be worn for 3 or more weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery. The patient will need to refrain from strenuous activity and avoid any impact to the ears as they heal. Most adults can return to work after about 5-7 days.
Schedule your consultation
To find out how otoplasty procedure can help you meet your goals, contact Dr. Demianczuk.