BEST SURGEONS FOR OTOPLASTY (EAR SURGERY) IN MIAMI
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty or ear reconstruction in Miami is a surgical procedure used to alter or enhance the appearance of protruding ears. This procedure is most commonly performed on small children who fall victim to name calling. This type of cruelty from other children can negatively affect a child’s self-image. Adults may also benefit from this procedure, giving them more freedom with hairstyles and improving self-esteem. However, when considering otoplasty, the earlier the better because softer cartilage is easier to mold; and because, the child will grow up without the self-consciousness.
About Ear Reconstruction Surgery
There are many common problems that warrant the consideration of otoplasty or ear reconstruction surgery. Most commonly, this surgery is performed on children, but adults that have been plagued with otological dissatisfaction their whole lives or those who experience an accident or injury to this area also have the procedure done.
For this type of plastic surgery, Miami parents turn to the expertise of Miami Plastic Surgery®. When your child is being teased about ears that stick out, have a certain shape, or are unbalanced, it can become a very stressful situation. When it bothers your child to the point of impacting their self-esteem, it may be time to consider ear plastic surgery.
The caring professionals at Miami Plastic Surgery® can help parents and patients determine if surgery is the right option for them and will walk you through the details of the procedure and recovery process.
- Anesthesia is required. Your surgeon will decide what type of anesthesia.
- An incision is made just behind the ear, where the ear meets the head.
- Any extra skin and/or cartilage is removed.
- The surgeon will sculpt the cartilage to its desired shape.
- Stitches are used to “pin back” or secure the ears into place.
Patient Financing options are available at Miami Plastic Surgery® and can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Am I An Appropriate Candidate For Ear Reconstruction?
You may be an appropriate candidate for ear reconstruction if:
- The cartilage in the ear must is 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.
- You are in good health.
- You have realistic expectations.
- If the parent has the child’s best interest at heart.
What Can I Expect During A Consultation For Otoplasty?
During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon and staff. Your previous surgeries, your medical history, medications you are presently taking, and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed, as well as your skin quality. Photographs may also be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will determine what you benefit from most and whether or not additional procedures such as inner ear reconstruction surgery will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
Are there any age restrictions for otoplasty?
The only restriction for otoplasty is ear development. The ears need to be fully grown before a person can have this procedure. Believe it or not, human ears are usually finished growing at age four. This is a good time to have otoplasty with any of our three board-certified plastic surgeons because the surgery can be completed before the child begins school, where teasing could be a problem if the ear protrusion isn’t addressed.
As for an upper age limit, there is not one. As long as the patient is healthy enough for surgery, he or she can have this surgery. We have many adult patients come in for otoplasty or earlobe repair.
What are the preparations before otoplasty?
For children, at Miami Plastic Surgery® we usually opt to use general anesthesia. This alleviates problems with nervousness. We will give you instructions on eating and so forth for the night before your child’s surgery.
As for adults, you’ll need to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, any blood thinning medications, and most supplements a week before your procedure. You’ll only be under local anesthesia with sedation, so you won’t need to fast.
Otherwise, there aren’t any preparations necessary except maybe preparing your bed with extra pillows and the like to keep you from rolling onto your side when asleep.
When will I see me results from ear surgery?
Your results are immediate, but initially your ears will be covered with bandages. Swelling isn’t much of an issue with these surgeries, so once we remove those bandages, you’ll see your results. If we’re bringing the ears closer to the head the change will be obvious. If we’re repairing something like a torn earlobe, you’ll love the repair. For earlobe repairs, the thin vertical scar will continue to lighten and become less noticeable as the weeks pass.
What will recovery be like after otoplasty?
When this surgery is complete, your surgeon will have your head or your child’s head wrapped in special heavily padded cotton bandages, referred to as “fluff bandages.” After a few days these will be replaced with surgical dressings that need to be worn for the remainder of the first week. At that time, stitches will be removed. Due to the blood pressure in the area, there will be some throbbing for a couple of days, but that can be managed with pain medication. Patients need to avoid sleeping on the affected ear or ears for about two weeks. Children can return to school after about one week. Adults often won’t need an entire week, although this varies by the patient.
Is otoplasty painful?
You may have heard that ear pinning surgery makes for quite a painful recovery. This isn’t the case. It is true that it is tolerated more easily by children, but even adults usually only need any narcotic type of pain medication for the first night after surgery. From there, most patients can transition to anti-inflammatory pain medication.
It is helpful to make sure you remain on your back when sleeping. It can be a painful shock if you roll onto your side and onto your repaired ear. You can make sure this doesn’t happen by strategically placing pillows on your sides.
As with any pain, different patients have different tolerances.
How soon can I return to work or my child to school after otoplasty?
Children can usually return to school after about one week, but recess will need to be limited in activity. Adults may not need that much recovery time. This varies with the patient.
Is there anything I shouldn’t do after my otoplasty?
You’ll want to simply avoid contact with your ears (or your child’s ears). We’ll provide initial bandages that will protect the ears. After these are removed, you’ll need to avoid shirts you need to pull over your head and other clothing that could be a problem. Hats are out, as they can bump your ears. No glasses for a bit.
For sleeping, you’ll need to arrange pillows or whatever you need to keep you from rolling onto your repaired ear or ears. Although it probably won’t impact your sutures, rolling onto your ear will provide quite a jolt of pain.
What are the risks involved with otoplasty?
There are the same risks as with any surgery: bleeding, infection, poor incision healing, and the like. Otherwise, this is a very low-risk procedure. The upside of a child not having to deal with protruding ears or an adult finally not worrying about his or her ears far outweighs the minimal risks involved with otoplasty.
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Why Choose Miami Plastic Surgery® For Ear Reconstruction Surgery?
When having otoplasty in Miami, you can rest assured that the plastic surgeons at Miami Plastic Surgery® have your best interest at heart: we know how important it is to you to look and feel great.