in Orlando, FL
What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is performed to improve or reshape disproportionate or prominent ears. This condition may result from failure of the ear cartilage to fold properly during development. Otoplasty helps reposition the ears closer to the head or decreases the size of large ears. Usually, this is accomplished by reshaping the ear cartilage through incisions made behind the ear in order to put the ears in proper alignment with the face. Scarring is minimal and very well disguised. Surgery can be done on adults as well as children, although children should typically wait until age seven or eight when the ear is fully developed.
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Benefits of Otoplasty
Ear surgery that corrects over-sized, protruding ears provides a number of benefits for children, teens, and adults who want to improve the size, shape, position, and overall appearance of their ears, including:
- A safe, easy procedure with low risk and high success rates, especially in small children
- Renewed self-confidence
- Elimination of ridicule and teasing, especially in children
- Proper proportion and positioning of the ears
How Is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty is most often performed on small children, but many adults who didn't realize that oversized or protruding ears could be fixed or those who weren't able to undergo the surgery during their childhood choose to undergo this procedure in adulthood to correct to the size and appearance of their ears. The procedure is typically performed through an incision behind the ear in cases of protrusion to reduce excess cartilage in the conchal bowl of the ear while leaving a natural-looking fold inside the ear's rim. In cases where incisions are required on the front of the ear, Dr. Peters can hide them in the folds of the ear to diminish their visibility. Depending on the patient's goals, cartilage can either be reshaped or completely removed from the ear to achieve the desired outcome.
Once the desired size and shape of the ear have been achieved, the incisions are then sutured internally with dissolvable stitches. If external sutures are required, they'll be removed approximately one week after surgery. Otoplasty is quick, easy, and performed under general or local anesthesia, often taking no more than two hours to complete.
For patients who want to reduce the size or reshape their earlobes, Dr. Peters can easily correct these concerns by removing excess skin and cartilage from the ear lobe. Dr. Peters sutures the ear lobes both internally and externally in the same manner as the otoplasty procedure.
Recovery from otoplasty is minimal and typically lasts about one week, although you will be asked to avoid strenuous activity for three to four weeks. You will also be asked to wear a headband at night for four weeks after surgery to protect your ears.
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost in Orlando?
The cost of otoplasty depends on the severity of the patient's condition and the extent of surgery required to correct it. Dr. Peters will provide a thorough breakdown of the surgery's cost and payment options during your consultation. Unfortunately, otoplasty is considered a purely cosmetic procedure in most cases, and most health insurance providers do not cover the cost of surgery. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards for payment, and we also offer financing through CareCredit® to make otoplasty more affordable for our patients.
Is Ear Surgery Right for Me?
If you suffer from misshapen, oddly positioned ears that are affecting the way you look and your self-esteem, have sustained a devastating ear injury or have undergone previous ear surgery with unsatisfactory results, you may be a good candidate for otoplasty with Dr. Peters. Scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Peters is the best way to determine if the procedure is right for you.
Why Choose Dr. Peters for Ear Surgery?
Dr. Peters has performed countless otoplasty procedures and is very highly recommended because he takes a detailed, meticulous approach to his work to provide all patients with a satisfactory outcome. Dr. Peters focuses on reshaping the ears during otoplasty to make changes appear natural and attractive. The ears are one of the body's most prominent features, but Dr. Peters works hard to ensure that his otoplasty patients are no longer defined by the size, shape, or protrusion of their ears.
For more information about otoplasty and how this procedure might benefit you, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Orlando plastic surgery office. The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, offers otoplasty for men, women and children who live in Orange County and Central Florida.