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Ear Surgery is a broad term to that encompasses several surgeries that are all intended to repair trauma to the ear or improve the aesthetic appearance of the ears.  The most common reason individuals seek surgical intervention for their ear is to alter the appearance of protruding ears. This procedure is most commonly performed on small children who are self conscious about the appearance of their ears.  They may grow their hair long; wear hat or other maneuvers to camouflage their ears. Adults may also benefit from this procedure, giving them more freedom with hairstyles and improving self-esteem.

Ear Surgery can also include repair of one ear lobe that can happen when earrings tear through the lobe.  The ear lobe can tear because earring is pulled on and tears the lobe or simply the weight of the earring slowly expands the pierced hole over time.

How Is the Otoplasty Procedure Performed?

Before your surgery, Dr. Franco will administer anesthesia so that your procedure is pain free. Next, he will make an incision right behind the ear in a natural crease. This will help ensure that the resulting scar is nearly invisible. He will then shape the cartilage of the ear to your desired result and secure it with sutures. The results are almost immediately noticeable and the scars are well hidden.

How Should I Prepare for Ear Surgery?

There are a few steps you can take to prepare for your otoplasty to ensure a smoother recovery. During the weeks leading up to your surgery, you will need to stop taking certain medications or supplements that may interfere with bleeding. Dr. Franco will provide you with more information based on your current medications. You will also need to ask for at least one week off from work so you can spend the first few days recovering. You may also want to ask someone to drive you home from your procedure.

If you are a smoker, you must also quit smoking several weeks before your surgery and refrain from smoking during recovery. Nicotine can restrict the body’s natural healing processes and lead to a number of complications, so it’s best to avoid it.

How Long Does Otoplasty Take to Heal?

Generally, most patients recover from an otoplasty after about 6-8 weeks and can return to their normal routine. However, full recovery can take upwards of 3 months in certain cases, so make sure to follow Dr. Franco’s post-operative instructions carefully.

Will There Be Any Visible Scarring From an Otoplasty?

There will be small scars behind your ears, but they will be hardly noticeable. This is because Dr. Franco will conceal the scar in the natural crease between the ear and the scalp. While this incision will appear slightly raised and pink immediately after surgery, it will gradually flatten and fade to a lighter color, blending in with the crease.

Are There Any Risks Associated With an Otoplasty?

Like any form of surgery, there are some risks associated with an otoplasty. As a result, it’s important to weigh the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. Some of the risks of otoplasty surgery include but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Ear asymmetry
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Adverse anesthesia reactions

For this reason, it is important to have your otoplasty performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franco. Board certification requires extensive training in the best plastic surgery techniques, which helps reduce the overall risk of complications.

Is Otoplasty Covered By Insurance?

Most health insurance providers will only cover an otoplasty if it is being done to help solve a functional problem, such as a hearing impairment or congenital abnormality. However, if it is being done strictly for cosmetic purposes, insurance may not cover the procedure. If you are thinking of having an otoplasty and want to know if it will be covered by your plan, contact your insurance provider for more details. 

Good Candidates For Otoplasty/Ear Surgery

  • The cartilage in the ear must be fully developed, usually around age five to six.
  • You are self conscious about the size and/or shape of your ears.
  • Your ears are not symmetrical.
  • Ear deformity from earrings
  • Traumatic ear defects
  • You are in good health.
  • You have realistic expectations.

Your Otoplasty/Ear Surgery Consultation

  • Patients will present for their evaluation where they will meet Dr. Franco and his staff
  • Dr. Franco and his staff to determine the best treatment will do a medical history and physical exam.
  • The treatment options will be discussed with you that can help you achieve you aesthetic goals
  • The risks and benefits of the surgery will also be discussed during your consultation.
  • Then you will have an opportunity to talk about scheduling and fees with the patient care coordinator that will assist you throughout the process.

How much does Otoplasty/Ear Surgery cost?

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