Often prominent ears are due to inheritance and familial trends that can be traced. Children are often teased in school, which can affect their morale and self-confidence. The operation is commonly undertaken at 7-8 years of age, when children are able to recognize the problem. This will result in a happy patient with a boost in self-confidence and better self-esteem.
During the Procedure
The operation is undertaken in an outpatient setting under general or local anesthesia with sedation.
During the operation, an incision is made behind the ear to hide any obvious marks of surgical intervention. Multiple, strategically placed, sutures are placed to shape the cartilage into normal folds, which were missing pre-operatively.
After Ear Surgery
After ear surgery in Florida, sutures are removed at 10-12 days and a protective headband is worn up to 4-6 weeks. Some scars may become thick and need further correction. Additional adjustments may be necessary should the repair not hold up properly.
Generally, otoplasty is satisfying for patients and helps to improve their outlook and self-confidence.
Insurance coverage may be available through proper documentation since this procedure falls under the reconstructive surgery domain.