Ear surgery, or otoplasty, in Tampa can help improve ear shape and provide an overall improved appearance. Protruding ears can lead to self-consciousness and withdrawal from social situations for both children and adults. Children with protruding ears face ridicule and teasing in school. Adults often find themselves changing their hairstyles and avoiding social situations in order to hide the appearance of their ears. Ear surgery can help improve ear shape and provide an overall improved appearance.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, which is also known as ear pinning, is a procedure that many people choose to do in order to correct the shape of their ears.
If you think you are the only one trying to cover up your ears or are self-conscious about them, think again. Over twenty thousand people undergo ear surgery each year, so you are not the only one suffering from protruding ears. All ears are different; however, it is common for ears to develop with abnormalities.
Unfortunately, otoplasty is not the simplest plastic surgery procedure, which is why choosing the best and qualified otoplasty plastic surgeon is important. Ears are one of, if not the most complex structure of our faces. Luckily, otoplasty can be performed at any age once your ears have finished developing.
Typically, after the age of five or six, ears are at their full size and are eligible for reconstructive surgery. There is no perfect age for one to get ear surgery; however, it is recommended that you correct ear abnormalities as soon as possible.
Dr. Dominic is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with extensive training in ear, nose and throat surgery and a keen eye for helping you improve your appearance.
At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide you with a simple yet fulfilling experience. To learn more about ear surgery please request a complimentary consultation online, or call our office at 813-975-3223. We look forward to helping you improve your appearance and your confidence.
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Board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head-neck surgery), Dr. Dominic performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck exclusively. His expertise and exceptional outcomes earned him the 2019 Top Doc award for facial plastic surgeon by Tampa Magazine.Read His Bio Request Your Free Consultation
Otoplasty Cost in Tampa FL
The otoplasty cost in Tampa, FL, is around $4,500. The price will be higher if the surgery is combined with other procedures such as rhinoplasty or chin augmentation. During your consultation, we will provide you with a personalized estimate for your procedure to take with you.
Understanding the surgery
Otoplasty is a delicate surgery because ears are such a complex part of our face.
Dr. Dominic, the double board-certified facial plastic surgeon at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa begins by making a small incision behind the ear, between the head and the beginning of the ear. Once the incision is made, he removes cartilage and skin that is unwanted. Depending on the severity of the ears’ abnormality, he may also trim cartilage to correct ear shape and pin the cartilage back.
Again, depending on the structure of your ear, he may not remove any cartilage. Instead, stiches will be used to hold the cartilage in place.
Once cartilage is sculpted into the desired shape, Dr. Dominic inserts sutures in order to hold the ear in its desired position until the ear is healed.
What should you expect after your otoplasty surgery?
Like many cosmetic procedures, you should expect to feel some discomfort.
Those who sleep on their side or face down will need to readjust their sleeping habits until you are allowed to put pressure on your ears and the surrounding area.
You will wear a dressing for two or three days. After that a headband is worn 24 hours a day for the first week and at night for 2 additional weeks. Most adults return to work and children return to school in about 1 week. Activities which may bend the ear should be avoided for about 2 months.
Are there risks to Otoplasty?
Risks from ear surgery are typically minimal. However, the risks reported are infections, poor healing, or deformity recurrence.
As for scarring, it is almost invisible to the naked eye. Even with an incision, the scar is well hidden, since it is in the crease behind the ear.
What are you waiting for? Schedule you or your child’s ear surgery today!
The benefits of ear surgery are priceless. Ear surgery is one of the simplest to perform on children. If caught early, you will save your child from insecurity, embarrassment, anxiety, or any negative attention that comes with having protruding ears.
Stop being self-conscious about your ears today! Elite Facial Plastic Surgery’s otoplasty plastic surgeon can and will correct your ears to ensure a happier and more confident life.
Is Otoplasty Safe for Kids?
Ear surgery is one of the few cosmetic procedures appropriate for children. In fact, it is easiest to perform on children between the ages of 4 and 6, after the ear is fully developed but while the cartilage is still soft. By correcting protruding ears before a child starts school, anxiety, social, and psychological repercussions can be avoided. Older children, teenagers, and adults can have the surgery successfully, too.