What is Otoplasty?
Ear reshaping surgery, a procedure officially called otoplasty, is sometimes needed to reduce the size, shape and general proportion of the ears for a better appearance. Otoplasty can also correct defects that are present from birth and problems caused by injury to the ears. Also sometimes referred to as ear pinning, this surgery helps to remove tissue and cartilage from the ear to mold it into a more refined and attractive shape. Las Vegas, NV area men and women, who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears or who need reconstruction of an ear, can benefit from this surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, believes this surgery can be particularly important for children with large or protruding ears, who get teased for their appearance. He performs this procedure for patients as young as five years of age.
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In the cases of protruding ears, the cartilages are reformed and sometimes supported by splints. Soft tissues may also be trimmed away. 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. In cases of hidden ears, when cartilages are not fully developed, manipulations may include reshaping the cartilages by pulling or repositioning while splints are placed as supports. Sometimes, tissue grafting is also necessary to render volume.
Otoplasties are performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home for recovery. The ear will be bandaged 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 or within the natural folds if the incisions are made in front of the ear.
Ear surgery, depending on the case and location of the procedure, can run between $5,500 (In office) to $6,500 (OR). For more complex cases, these costs may increase. Generally, health insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures such as otoplasty. However, there are rare exemptions especially if trauma occurred or if a birth defect is in question. Ear surgery to correct gaged ear damage is $750 per ear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
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 and a secondary otoplasty is usually not needed.
When To Have Otoplasty?
On average, 5-6 year olds 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 as it is a time 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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