About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that appear to stick outward and protrude, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look too large can have a negative impact on your self-esteem, especially as a child. Ear reshaping surgery (also known as otoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that helps to redefine the size and shape of the ears to result in a pleasing appearance. Dr. Roberto Garcia is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL who has helped many adults and children to move past their fear of exposing their ears with otoplasty. No matter the deformity, otoplasty at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with self-assurance. If you or your child are worried about the appearance of their ears, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia to learn more about ear surgery.
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Ear Surgery Ideal Candidates
Ear surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is extremely common among children and is recommended before reaching elementary school. By six years of age, this procedure is safe and effective to be performed on a child. If you are frustrated by the appearance of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty may be the ideal surgery to attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of damaged earlobes may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Ear Surgery Surgical Technique
Cosmetic ear surgery is performed using some form of anesthesia, and this decision will be made according to the extent of the surgical needs. In most cases, the incision is placed near the back of the ear or within the inner ear folds. During this procedure, cartilage may be removed or added to create a more natural appearance. It is standard for both ears to be addressed during the procedure to ensure they appear symmetrical. Once the ears are surgically corrected, the incisions are closed with sutures and bandaged so they can remain protected.
What to Expect with Ear Surgery
Once your procedure is complete, you will be released to rest and recover at home. Dr. Garcia or a member of his team will give aftercare instructions to help during your recovery. It's very important to not pick at or touch your ears while they are healing. Furthermore, you should not lay on the ears, and instead, sleep in an upright position for the first several days. Dr. Garcia asks to see his otoplasty patients back within the first week — at this time, he will remove the bandages and inspect the surgical results. The outcomes are noticeable right away, and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Ear Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
Ear surgery costs will be based on what's being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once Dr. Garcia understands your issues and aesthetic goals, he will create your treatment plan and estimate the expenses. In order to concentrate on achieving the outcome that you desire rather than prices, Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery accepts several payment methods and can help you obtain low-interest financing should you desire that option.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
Our ears grow faster than other areas on our body and face. This is why ear surgery can be carried out on younger patients with long-term outcomes. Dr. Garcia will evaluate the ears and then discuss what to expect and also how long the outcomes should last. While the body and face can change dramatically due to gravity and age, the impact on the ears will probably be minimal. In the event there are significant changes to your results because of an injury, another surgery can be performed.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Normally, kids about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully developed, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to shape. This age is also great since it's before they begin school (or early in their schooling) so that they can avoid teasing. Even though Dr. Garcia performs ear surgery on many children, he also offers the procedure for adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Most difficulties, such as ears that are too big or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be addressed. During ear surgery, Dr. Garcia will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When he creates your surgical plan, Dr. Garcia will tell you if one or both ears should be treated.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of oversized earrings and ear gauges are making earlobe reconstruction a necessary operation at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. If you're considering getting earlobe reconstruction or repair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia. He will analyze your ear and then discuss what could be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
Reshape Your Ears
Although the ears are not very big, an abnormal size, position, or shape may make a huge difference in your appearance. Ear surgery (otoplasty) may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you feel uncomfortable about your ears. Call Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garcia and to learn more about ear surgery. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love, as well as the confidence to show it off.