Otoplasty (Ear Reduction) Scottsdale


There are many physical characteristics that can make a person feel self-conscious; however, many facial plastic surgery procedures exist to help improve such characteristics to help patients feel more confident in their appearance. Protruding ears are one problem that make patients, particularly children, seek out cosmetic procedures. Children can be cruel, and as such, children who have ears that go out a distance that many people would consider too far often deal with teasing and name calling, such as “Mickey Mouse” and “Dumbo.” Children are typically the most likely candidates for an otoplasty, but this procedure can actually be performed on an individual of any age, as long as the ears have grown to their full size. This usually happens at age 5 or 6. Even if the distortion of the ears is mild, it can really affect a child’s life, which is why it is believed that in the case of this particular procedure, it is best to do it as early as possible. The earlier it’s done, the less trauma children will endure.

Adults can also potentially derive benefits from an ear reduction surgery, which is a fairly straightforward and easy way to enhance self-confidence. Adults frequently choose this procedure along with other facial plastic surgery procedures. An otoplasty is not necessarily about pinning back the ears; rather, ears can also be reduced in size, rendered more symmetrical, or just simply reshaped. The exact type of otoplasty chosen by patient and surgeon will depend on the current appearance of the ears and what the desired outcome should look like.

Scottsdale Otoplasty SurgeryIf you are interested in an otoplasty ear reduction surgery for yourself or your child, it is important that you know exactly how the procedure is done and what you should expect from it. A successful facial plastic surgery procedure is dependent on a positive rapport between surgeon and patient. In the consulting stages before the procedure, trust should develop. This trust should be grounded in the surgeon’s strong medical expertise and the patient’s realistic expectations of how the surgery will go. During a consultation and subsequent appointments, Dr. Hecht will be able to answer any questions that you have.

Is an otoplasty the right choice for you?

If you are considering an otoplasty, it is crucial that you choose a facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who is double board-certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), which is given to physicians who have completed specific prerequisites pertaining to facial plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, which is only given to certified ENT (ear, nose and throat) physicians. When you have your consultation, your surgeon will take a good look at the structure of your ears and talk with you about different options that you have for fixing the issues. Even if you only technically need correction of one ear, it is likely that surgery will be recommended for both ears in order to create the most symmetrical and natural appearance possible.

After you decide together that this procedure is what you need, and it’s determined that you are a good candidate for surgery based on your current health, Dr. Hecht will discuss the procedure with you. At this time, it is important that you ask any questions that you may have, so that you are as informed about the surgery as possible. After taking a thorough medical history, our staff will tell you all about the surgical facility where your procedure will be performed, any costs that will be incurred, and the type of anesthesia to be administered. In most cases, young children will receive a general anesthesia, while adults and older children will receive a combination of a local anesthetic and a mild sedative. Normally, this procedure will take about two hours to complete.

An Overview of Ear Surgery

Ear surgery before and after photosWhether you are getting an ear pinning otoplasty or some other type of ear surgery otoplasty, the procedure will start with an incision that is located right behind the ear. This will take place within the natural crease where the head and the ear join together. Your facial plastic surgeon will then take away the requisite amounts of cartilage and skin in order to create the correct visual effect. Some patients will require trimming of the cartilage to shape it into a more cosmetically pleasing form before it’s pinned back to the ear with permanent sutures in order to secure the new shape.

In other cases, cartilage will not be removed. Instead, the surgeon will utilize multiple stitches to hold the existing cartilage in its place on permanently. After sculpting the cartilage, the surgeon will add in sutures to hold everything in place until the ear is completely healed.

What to Expect Following an Otoplasty Surgery in Scottsdale

After the otoplasty procedure, Dr. Hecht will apply soft dressings to the ears, which should stay on for a few days. The majority of patients will experience some mild discomfort after the procedure. If you typically sleep on your side, for example, your sleep patterns might be altered for approximately a week to avoid putting pressure on your ears. Sometimes it is recommended that people wear headbands to hold the ears in place for about two weeks post surgery.

The risks associated with an otoplasty are minimal. After the skin and ears heal, a thin white scar remains behind the ear. However, this is nothing to be self conscious about. This scar will be located in a natural crease behind the ear, so no one will see it. If you experience any unusual symptoms after the surgery, it is important that you report your experience to our staff right away.

Typically, insurance will not cover procedures that are done solely for cosmetic purposes. However, surgery that is done to improve or correct the results of a traumatic injury or genetic deformity could potentially be reimbursable, either completely or partially. It is your responsibility as a patient to check with your insurance carrier to obtain the information that you need on what will be covered and what will not for this sort of a procedure.

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