Otoplasty or Cosmetic Ear Surgery is a procedure to change the shape, position, or size of the ear. Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) can be performed from the age of 5 when the ears have reached their full size. In some cases, otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) may be performed as early as age 3, and usually, otoplasty is performed on both ears for better symmetry. In otoplasty, the location of your ear will not change or your hearing will not be damaged.
What is Earlobe Reduction Surgery?
Earlobe Reduction Surgery is a type of Otoplasty, in which the lowest portion of the patient’s ear is re-shaped. The results of Earlobe Reduction Surgery are primarily dependent on the intended changes. There are two main reasons to do this surgery: 1- Enlarged (stretched) or torn ear lobe piercing 2- Hanging & pendulous ear lobe usually due to aging and most importantly, un-proportionate to the face. This operation is a simple in-office procedure, requiring only local anesthesia. You can resume regular activity & life immediately after the operation. If necessary, the sutures will be removed by the surgeon about a week later and the ear will continue to heal during the next few weeks.
It is also possible to re-pierce the ear lobe again. Your surgeon will recommend when would be appropriate to do it.
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VERY SHORT waiting times for Consult & Surgery
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Done by Following Surgeons:
Dr. Jiayi Hu
Dr. Nabil Al Zaher
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Price & Cost
Price range: $3,000. Our surgeon can give you an exact estimate of the cost after examination & talking with you.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The right person to perform this operation is:
1- Physically healthy, have no active disease now or have a history of a serious illness in the past.
2- Healthy children who are at least 5 years old so that the growth of their ear cartilage has reached a suitable and constant level
3- Children who do not have chronic untreated ear infections and have the ability to cooperate and implement postoperative recommendations well.
4- Children who have the ability to express their feelings and do not object when discussing surgery
5-Healthy adults who have realistic expectations and specific goals for their ear surgery
6-If you are not already a smoker or have just quit because smoking clearly increases the risk of postoperative complications.
Ear surgery can be performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia, with or without IV (intravenous) injection. Talk to your surgeon about which type of anesthesia is best for you. Children usually do this under general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes an incision in the skin of your ear, where the ear is connected to the the head. This incision makes the cartilage visible and the surgeon can reshape it. Incisions in this area mean that the scars are well hidden.
The strong but flexible part of the ear is the cartilage, and this is the part where the surgeon changes its shape and size during this procedure. When the cartilage is exposed to the surgeon, he/she changes the shape of the ear and removes any extra skin or cartilage. The technique they choose depends on your goal for your cosmetic ear surgery. After the surgeon changes the position of the cartilage, he fixes it in its new position with permanent stitches. These stitches prevent the ear from protruding again.
Contrary to popular belief, the recovery period for cosmetic ear surgery is not long and patients can do their chores after a short period; It should be noted that doing exercise and heavy work requires a longer period.
Dressing after otoplasty
After the otoplasty surgery, the doctor puts a bandage on the ears and wraps the head around with a bandage; Having a bandage on the ears may cause hearing loss; Therefore, hearing loss at that time is due to the presence of bandages and dressings and is not a concern.
It is very important to maintain and care for the dressing on the ears to prevent infection at the surgical site and to preserve the manipulated cartilage.
Scar: Surgery scars may remain behind your ear. Bleeding: If the stitches do not work well, there may be postoperative bleeding. Infection: Lack of wound hygiene and not paying attention to the care and medication instructions of the treating physician increase the risk of ear ulcer infection. Reaction to anesthesia drugs: Nausea and dizziness are some of the negative reactions to anesthesia drugs. These problems may stay with the patient for several days. Suture problems: Suture damage to the skin surface and skin inflammation is another risk of cosmetic ear surgery. These problems may require surgery if they are severe. Allergic reaction to surgical tape or other materials used during or after surgery