Otoplasty, commonly referred to as cosmetic ear surgery, alters the size, position, or shape of the ears. Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size usually after age of 5.
In this article, we are going to inform you more in detail regarding this surgery, its success rate, and its cost.
What can ear surgery treat?
- Overly large ears
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees
- Dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
What’s the procedure like?
Always choose a board certified plastic surgeon for otoplasty.
During your consultation, the following things will happen:
- Medical history review: Be prepared to answer questions about medications you’re taking, past surgeries, and any current or previous medical conditions.
- Examination: Your plastic surgeon will evaluate the shape, size, and placement of your ears. They may also take measurements or pictures.
- Discussion: This includes talking about the procedure itself, the associated risks, and potential costs.
- Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions if something is unclear. It’s also recommended to ask questions about your surgeon’s qualifications and years of experience.
It can take between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the specifics and complexity of the procedure.
- Avoid touching or scratching at your ears.
- Choose a sleeping position where you aren’t resting on your ears.
- In some cases, you may also need to have stitches removed. Your doctor will let you know if this is necessary. Some types of stitches dissolve on their own.
Common side effects include redness, bruising, swelling, and soreness. Your dressing will stay in place for about a week. After it’s removed, you’ll need to wear an elastic headband for another 4 to 6 weeks.
What is the cost?
The average cost of cosmetic ear surgery is $4,000.
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About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.