Do you live with the embarrassment of ears that are too large or that stick out too far from your head? These common problems can be corrected through otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, as performed by Dr. Jennifer Emmett and her team of specialized medical professionals at Emmett Plastic Surgery. During this simple procedure, the ears can be re-sculpted, made smaller, or set closer to the head to create a more streamlined facial silhouette. Dr. Emmett is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that corrects the shape, position, symmetry or proportion of the ears. Otoplasty may be used to correct ears that are of disproportionate size and ears that stick out too far. It may also be used to correct structural defects in the ear caused by genetics or injury.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a simple surgical procedure that can provide life-long relief from the embarrassment of having ears that stick out or are misshapen. Otoplasty improves self-esteem and self-confidence in both adults and children, eliminating the embarrassment of having ears that are out of the ordinary. Many patients have commented that the procedure gave them a new lease on life and helped them to feel more confident in social circumstances.
Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Otoplasty corrects a number of cosmetic issues with the ears. Many patients are embarrassed by ears that stick out too far from their head. Others find that their ears appear way too large in proportion to their facial features. Otoplasty also corrects specific concerns such as earlobes that are too large or nonexistent. Unlike other forms of plastic surgery, cosmetic ear surgery is frequently performed on children and teens to alleviate the social impact on young people of having ears that draw negative attention. If you are a Centennial or Denver area resident and are unhappy with the size, shape, or position of your ears, otoplasty may be the right solution for you.
How Is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty is a safe and simple procedure that is performed on thousands of patients each year. The surgery usually takes under an hour per ear. An incision is made in the natural fold behind the ear. Through this incision, the cartilage and skin of the ear may be trimmed, sculpted or reshaped. Internal sutures may be used to pin back ears that stick out too far from the head.
How Long Is The Recovery After Otoplasty?
Most patients require about a week to recover following ear surgery. Some patients may experience tenderness, swelling and bruising. Following the surgery, surgical gauze will be placed over the ears for several days, and you must wear a soft headband to protect your ears while sleeping. Patients usually return to their regular activities within a week, although you will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks following the procedure.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Denver?
Even in cases where the patient is concerned with the appearance of only one ear, treatment usually involves both ears in order to achieve a symmetrical result. In some cases, this cost may be covered by health insurance, depending on the severity and cause of the issue. For expenses not covered by your insurance carrier, our office provides easy financing methods via CareCredit®, Bank SNB, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. We also accept cash, checks, and credit cards as forms of payment.