Overly large ears, ears that stick out, or deformed ears can create an unbalanced facial appearance.
Ear surgery can be performed on children once their ears have reached full growth and cartilage strength, which normally occurs around six years of age.
This may cause embarrassment for many people ranging from children to adults. Ear irregularities can be natural or caused by injury to the ear. New Orleans aesthetic surgeon Dr. Kamran Khoobehi performs otoplasty (ear surgery) to resize, pin down, or reposition ears that appear irregular. Ideal candidates are in good general health and over six years of age.
Torn Earlobe Care
Ear surgery may also involve a torn earlobe. This can occur with heavy earrings or through other trauma. The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the tear is removed and sutures are used that are placed in both the front and back of the ear and will remain intact for about a week.
In the cases of protruding ears, the incisions are made behind the ear to reveal the ear’s confines. The ears will be repositioned by tightening the skin and then sutured.
Ear Pinning: For small children or adults whose ear cartilage is soft, the ears can be pinned back using sutures. This is done through an incision behind the ears. Sutures hold the ear in place so it lays closer to the side of the head.
Otoplasties are performed with general anesthesia at Outpatient Surgical Center or local anesthesia at Dr. Khoobehi accredited surgical suite. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home for recovery. The ears will be bandaged, for about a week, to keep the new position and shape in place. This also helps so that children cannot touch or play with their ears, which may complicate healing. Activities must be limited, especially within the first week. Scars will remain hidden behind the ears.
Ear surgery, depending on the case, can run between $900 to $6,200. For more complex cases, these costs may increase. Dr. Khoobehi is known for his expertise and personalized approach in performing Ear surgery (Otoplasty). He works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their specific needs and goals, ensuring that they achieve the best possible outcome.
Ear Surgery FAQs
The ears typically mature faster than any other part of the body, therefore, at an appropriate age and time when surgical adjustments are made, the results are generally long lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal.
When To Have Otoplasty?
On average, 5-6 years old are ideal candidates for otoplasty as the ear will be already developed and the cartilage and tissues will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also recommended because it can be before any schooling, which helps to avoid teasing.
One Or Both Ears?
Usually, the condition is symmetrical to both ears. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are placed. If the procedure is only for one ear, the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.
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