Adult candidates for ear surgery have often spent their lives feeling self-conscious about their appearance, often trying to find ways to camouflage their ears and avoiding short or pulled-back hairstyles. Kids can also be teased at school or in their social activities. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, performed by Dr. Eric Mariotti can free you or your child from that self-consciousness and provide a new sense of confidence.
Here is just one of the many children and adults Dr. Mariotti has helped through ear surgery.
How Is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty usually involves an elliptical-shaped incision in the cartilage behind the ear. After making this incision, Dr. Mariotti will shave, flatten, fold, or otherwise manipulate the cartilage to achieve a new shape and correct the position of the external ear. Fine sutures are placed to hold the ears’ new position during healing. Compressive dressings are then applied to protect the surgical site and help hold the ears’ new shape during recovery. Scar lines are located behind the ear and are not visible after recovery.
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Ear Surgery FAQs
The cost of ear surgery, or otoplasty, can greatly vary depending on your location, the experience level of your plastic surgeon, the extent of the changes you wish to make and other factors. The best way to get an accurate cost estimate for your ear surgery is to book a consultation and discuss your specific goals with Dr. Mariotti, who can provide pricing information based on your needs.
Otoplasty performed purely for cosmetic reasons is generally not covered by insurance. However, when used to correct a birth defect, damage caused by an injury or illness or for other medical reasons, ear surgery may be covered by insurance. For more information, contact your health insurance provider directly to see if your procedure might be fully or partially covered.
Find the best board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for your ear surgery by asking friends and family members for referrals, checking online reviews and looking at before and after photos on the practice’s website. Ear surgery and other facial plastic surgery procedures require a specific skill set, an artistic eye and keen attention to detail. Be sure to choose an experienced plastic surgeon near you for optimal ear surgery results.
Otoplasty can be performed on children and adults, though your child’s ears should be fully developed prior to beginning a surgical procedure. This usually occurs around the age of 5, though developmental stages can vary. Adults looking to get cosmetic ear surgery can do so at virtually any age, provided they are in good physical and mental health.
Otoplasty generally causes only minimal pain or discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medications and/or anti-inflammatory medications are often all that is needed to relieve discomfort immediately after ear surgery. For most people, pain and discomfort associated with ear surgery subsides within the first few days after their procedure.
Yes, ear surgery is generally a safe procedure with minimal complications. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as infection, bleeding and scarring. Dr. Mariotti will discuss the risks and benefits of ear surgery with you to help you decide if this could be the right solution for you or your child.
Ear surgery results can be visible almost immediately after your procedure, though it can take 1 to 2 weeks for swelling and bruising to subside, gradually revealing your results. Most people feel comfortable returning to work or school around one week after their ear surgery. However, it can take 3 to 6 months to see your final otoplasty results.
Yes, ear surgery results are typically long-lasting and usually do not require an additional procedure in the future. However, slight changes in the appearance of your ears might occur over time, but these changes are usually minimal and are to be expected with age.
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*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.