If you or your children have ears that protrude or are misshapen, cosmetic surgery may be an option. Dr. Johnston performs ear surgery (Otoplasty) in Orlando. While this procedure is most commonly done on children ages five to 10, but adults can undergo this surgery, too.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty can correct ear conditions such as protruding ears, abnormally large ear lobes, lop ear (in which the tip folds down and bends forward), and shell ear (in which certain features of a normal ear are missing). This procedure is known to greatly improve self-confidence, especially in young children or teens.
Am I a good candidate for Otoplasty in the Orlando Area?
If your ears prominently stick out, you may be able to benefit from ear surgery. This procedure can also correct ear that have been negatively impacted by injury. Ideal candidates are individuals whose ears have reached near full size (around ages six to eight), and who are in good health. Because there are many operations for the many different types of ear deformities, surgery can be relatively simple or more involved. Each patient’s circumstances require analysis by Dr. Johnston for reconstruction.
Most health insurance companies cover Otoplasty surgery in Orlando and Lake Mary if it solves a functional problem, such as hearing impairment, or to correct a deformity or congenital abnormality. However, if the procedure is being done for cosmetic reasons only, it may not be covered by your health insurance provider. Speak with your insurance provider for a full explanation on coverage.
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What can I expect from Otoplasty?
Surgery lasts about two to three hours, depending on how complex the procedure for your case is. It may take longer than three hours if the procedure you need is very involved. During your consultation, you can ask Dr. Johnston for details about what your case requires. The most complex procedures are usually done in stages. The most common procedure, setback otoplasty, is generally a single stage, out-patient procedure with life-long enjoyment of results.
If you are an adult, Dr. Johnston probably will use local anesthesia with a sedative. A child will likely receive general anesthesia (be put to sleep) to ensure that he or she cannot move around during the operation.
The day of your procedure, dress comfortably, and wear a collar-less shirt that you do not have to pull over your head.
How long is the recovery from Otoplasty?
You should plan to stay home at least one week after the surgery. Children should stay home from school for at least one week. During recovery, it is advised that you keep your head elevated, and avoid resting directly on the operated ear.
Your head will be bandaged before you are sent home. You will probably wear it for three days, and Dr. Johnston may provide you with a headband-type dressing, which you may have to wear for up to three weeks to promote proper healing.
Results from ear surgery typically is life-long, not including instances of future ear injury. If you are interested in learning more about otoplasty for more proportionate ears, contact Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates today to schedule your initial consultation.