Large, prominent ears can be a source of anxiety for both children and adults. Ears that are disproportionate to the head can lead to social discomfort and low self-esteem, especially in school-aged children. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears or feel that your child’s ears are unbalanced, ear surgery may be the right procedure. Otoplasty can pin or decrease the size of prominent ears to create a more natural and pleasing facial aesthetic.
Immediately following your surgery, you will feel groggy from the anesthesia. Your new breasts might cause an uncomfortable pressure on your chest. You will experience bruising, redness, and swelling between two and four weeks, after which the effects should begin to subside.
A special headband is worn to protect your ears while sleeping, which is to be worn for two to three weeks. You can return to strenuous sporting activities after four weeks. It is important that you see Dr. Baker for your routine follow-up visits, at which time he will advise you as to what activities you may engage in. Minor swelling may remain for up to six weeks.
Dr. Baker places the incisions in natural folds and creases behind the ear. In most cases, visible scarring does not develop. Some patients may develop faint scarring following an earlobe repair, but this is likely to fade over time.
The exact cost of an otoplasty depends on a number of variables. The extent of correction, facility/anesthesia fees, number of follow-up visits, and geographic location all impact cost. Dr. Baker will provide you with a custom estimate during your consultation.
There may be some postoperative pain, but many patients say it lasts only three to four days. All pain can be controlled using surgeon-prescribed oral medication.