Otoplasty in Dayton, OH
Most people never give their ears a second thought unless they are unnatural in appearance that is. Otoplasty surgery corrects a number of deformities and is available at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons for the residents of Dayton, Centerville, Beavercreek, Troy, and other nearby areas in Ohio.
What Is Otoplasty?
Simply referred to as ear surgery, an otoplasty is a form of cosmetic surgery that:
- Corrects differences in size
- Provides asymmetrical balance between the ears and the rest of the face
- Eliminates ears that protrude (a procedure referred to as ear pinning)
- Reconstructs ears that have been damaged due to trauma
Benefits of Otoplasty
Those with unusual ears often feel awkward in social settings, and might even go to great lengths to cover up their ears. Otoplasty restores self-confidence, particularly among children who may be bullied because of their protruding ears. It is also one of the few types of plastic surgery that can be performed on children, some of which may be as young as age five.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty?
Anyone over the age of five who does not suffer from chronic ear infections could be a good candidate for otoplasty.
What do I Need to do Before Otoplasty?
Prior to ear surgery, you should undergo a hearing exam to check for hearing loss. An ear irrigation to remove excess wax buildup could be needed as well.
What Should I Expect on the Day of my Otoplasty Surgery?
Local anesthesia will be administered, allowing an incision along the back of your ear. One of our board-certified physicians will then use a carefully crafted technique to sculpt your ear into its new form. This may involve reducing cartilage or adding tissue to increase the antihelical fold located just inside the rim of your ear.
How Long Does it Take to Perform Otoplasty?
This will depend on the extent of damage but could be between one and two hours.
What to Expect After Otoplasty
Your stitches may be covered with a gauze bandage. If so, you should keep it clean and dry and avoid pulling on it. Your ears should also stay dry for a few days afterwards, so you should avoid swimming and take baths instead of showers.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Otoplasty?
Any scars from ear surgery are located behind the ear. Others will not be able to see them unless you pull your earlobe forward.
When Will I See the Results?
Ear pinning surgery provides immediate results, but it could take a week or so to notice the results of other types of otoplasty.
How Long Will the Results of Otoplasty Last?
The results of otoplasty are permanent, even in children who may experience future ear growth.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Otoplasty Results
If you also have damaged earlobes, you may want to consider earlobe repair surgery at the same time as your otoplasty.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Dayton?
Because you may have different needs than any other patient, we will not be able to discuss the exact cost with you until after your consultation. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are always accepted for any of the procedures we offer, and many of our patients will also qualify for low-interest financing.
Disfigured ears are no laughing matter. If you are embarrassed by the way your ears look, help is available here at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons. Those in Dayton, Centerville, Beavercreek, Springfield, and other nearby areas in Ohio are encouraged to contact us today.