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Ear surgery, also called otoplasty, helps to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty also corrects any defects in the structure of the ear that can be from a birth defect, happen during the body’s development, or from an injury.
Ear surgery creates a more natural-looking appearance to the shape of the ear while improving the balance and proportion of the ears in relationship to the face. Even minor deformities, when reshaped, can have deep-seated, positive bene?ts to one’s appearance and self-confidence. Similarly, children can benefit from corrective ear surgery if they have disfigured or protruding ears.
Ears that stick out from the head can benefit by a form of otoplasty called ear pinning. Ears are pinned, so that they’re flatter against the head. If the ears are asymmetrical, where one ear is noticeably larger or out of alignment compared to the other, ear surgery can reposition them to create a matching shape or better alignment.
An incision is made behind the ear, inside the fold, where your ear meets the head. Dr. Trupiano then takes out or softens areas of cartilage and skin to achieve the desired results. In some instances, Dr. Trupiano trims the cartilage, shaping it into a more natural-looking profile. He then secures the cartilage back into place with internal, non-removable stitches.
For correction of ears that stick out from the head, Dr. Trupiano uses a surgical procedure to form or increase the Antihelical fold located slightly inside ear rim, as well as reducing any enlarged conchal cartilage located in the deepest cavity of the external ear.
If you are interested in exploring the options for ear surgery for yourself or your child, call our office today at (248) 220-3310. Also, you can schedule a consultation by filling out the request for an appointment. Stop in and visit us at 201 W. Big Beaver Rd, Suite 1130 in Troy. We’ll be happy to give you what you need and deserve to look and feel better about your or your child’s appearance.
If you or your child has any of the following conditions, you’re a good candidate for a form of otoplasty:
Prior to surgery, a full head and neck examination is conducted. Your surgeon will review any medical imaging scans to understand the details of the facial area through a computerized tomography (CT). Based on the exam and the scans, your doctor determines the best surgical procedure to produce the desired results.
Ear surgery prices can vary widely. In 2014, the average cost of otoplasty was reported to be about $2,900 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This figure didn’t include anesthesia, surgical facilities or any other expenses such as medical tests, dressings and bandages, as well as medications. Your surgeon’s fee will be based on the specific type of procedure used.
Most health care insurance plans won’t cover an otoplasty if it is strictly for cosmetic reasons. If there are hearing issues involved, or ear surgery is needed to relieve medical symptoms, health insurance could cover the costs. Check with your health insurance company for otoplasty benefits.
Financing options to cover the price of otoplasty are also available to help pay for costs. CareCredit is a popular choice.
The best way to find out the cost of an otoplasty is to contact Dr. Trupiano’s office directly. You can send a message, call for information, or make an appointment for a consultation.
First, anesthesia is given. Medications keep you or your child comfortable during surgery. Either local sedation or intravenous general anesthesia will be given. You and your doctor will make the best choice beforehand.
Otoplasty incisions are typically made behind the ear. If any incisions are needed on the front of the ear, they’re made within natural creases to conceal them. Internal, permanent sutures are used to make and secure the newly contoured cartilage.
Surgery will vary for each person due to the unique differences in physical makeup. As a general overview, here is what you can expect during ear reduction, reshaping or pinning surgery in Troy:
For the first four to six weeks of your recovery, you may experience the following:
Many of these symptoms are resolved naturally within the first few days after surgery.
Dr. John M. Trupiano is one of the most experienced and reputable plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the Michigan area. Known for his extensive experience, excellent and natural-looking results, and minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Trupiano performs procedures on clients from his local area as well as from across the United States.