Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Melbourne, FL
One of the concerns treated with plastic surgery are ears that may be too large or stick out too far from the head, causing embarrassment and detracting from one’s appearance. Otoplasty corrects common cosmetic imperfections as well as structural problems in the ears. Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, offers otoplasty to the residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and nearby areas in Central Florida.
Who should consider Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a simple surgical procedure performed safely on thousands of patients yearly. Otoplasty corrects imperfections and structural problems in the ears to achieve a look that is in proportion to the facial features. Otoplasty may be performed on both adults and children, improving self-confidence. Otoplasty patients report dramatically improved satisfaction with their appearance.
What kinds of problems does Otoplasty correct?
Otoplasty may be used to correct the shape, size, position, or symmetry of the ears. Otoplasty can re-sculpt ears that are disproportionate to the facial features, or pin back ears that stick out. Otoplasty also corrects structural defects in the ear resulting from injury or genetic conditions, as well as other cosmetic concerns, such as earlobes that are too large or too small.
What is the best age to perform Otoplasty on a child?
The shape of the ear is pretty well determined by about age four in most children, with cartilage in the ear beginning to harden at about age seven or eight. The best time to perform the surgery is at around age six or seven, just prior to the hardening of the cartilage, as this will result in a much faster healing process, but otoplasty can also be performed safely on older children and teens.
How is Otoplasty surgery performed?
Otoplasty is one of the oldest and safest plastic surgery procedures in the field and is performed on thousands of patients of all ages every year. The procedure utilizes light or local anesthesia, and usually takes about one hour per ear to complete. An incision is created behind the ear, camouflaged in the ear’s natural folds, through which the surgeon reshapes the cartilage and skin tissue. Every procedure is unique, addressing each patient’s condition and goals. Internal sutures are typically used to pin back ears that stick out too far from the head.
Is there a recovery period after Otoplasty?
Once the surgery is completed, a protective surgical dressing is positioned over the ears, which must remain in place for several days. You will be instructed to wear a soft headband to protect the ears while sleeping. Most patients require about a week to recover from otoplasty, and you may experience soreness, swelling and bruising, which will naturally subside in a few days. You may resume light office work or school, and non-strenuous activities within a week, but you should avoid strenuous exercise for four to six weeks after the procedure to avoid any impact or injury to the ears.
How much does Otoplasty cost in Melbourne?
The cost of otoplasty surgery varies depending on what concerns are being addressed. In some cases, health insurance may cover the procedure, but to help patients manage expenses not covered by health insurance, our office provides easy financing and flexible payment methods.
If you or your child are self-conscious of ears that don’t look quite right with your face, don’t wait any longer to contact Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, to learn more about otoplasty and other cosmetic procedures available for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and nearby areas in the Central Florida region.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for otoplasty to fully heal?
Full recovery from otoplasty usually takes about 6 weeks.
Is otoplasty a difficult procedure?
Otoplasty is not considered a complex surgery and is a fairly common cosmetic surgical procedure.
How long will my ears be sensitive after otoplasty?
It is not uncommon for the ears to be sensitive for 1-2 weeks after otoplasty.
Is an otoplasty worth it?
If you are concerned about the size and shape of your ears, otoplasty may be worth it. Many patients have renewed self-confidence and love the results of their otoplasty procedure.
When can I sleep on my ears after otoplasty?
Sleep on your back with your head elevated for the first 1-2 weeks after otoplasty. During this time, your ears may be sore, and sleeping on them could increase discomfort and swelling.
How much did you pay for otoplasty?
The cost of otoplasty varies depending on how long the procedure takes, whether insurance will cover some of the costs, and other factors. This can be discussed in more detail at your consultation.
Is otoplasty surgery painful?
Patients are under general anesthesia during otoplasty surgery so you will not feel any pain. After surgery, mild soreness and sensitivity are common but most patients do not find it too painful with the use of pain relievers.
Is otoplasty a major surgery?
Otoplasty is considered a major surgery but it is not an uncommon or overly complex procedure.
What is the best age for otoplasty?
The best age for otoplasty is 6-7 since the cartilage is not yet hardened but older children and adults of all ages can still benefit from this surgery.
Do ears go back after otoplasty?
Otoplasty results are permanent since the cartilage is trimmed and reshaped. Once excess cartilage is removed, new cartilage cannot grow back.
Does otoplasty change your face?
The only difference that otoplasty has on your face is how far your ears protrude. Your overall appearance will stay the same.