Protruding, oversized or disfigured ears may affect your self-confidence, especially if you cannot hide them behind long hair. Surgical ear correction, called otoplasty, can give a more aesthetically pleasing size and shape to your ears or address a genetic abnormality, depending on your unique needs. Otoplasty is frequently performed on children to prevent them from being teased at school. El Paso plastic surgery provider Humberto Palladino is a knowledgeable and skilled otoplasty surgeon with years of experience working with both children and adults.
Am I a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
As long as you are in good health with reasonable expectations of surgery, otoplasty is most likely the right solution for you. If you are considering the surgery for your child, he or she should be at least five years old and able to communicate clearly with Dr. Palladino. During a personal otoplasty consultation, Dr. Palladino will ask you what you don’t like about your ears; he will also perform an examination, and together you will develop a plan for correction. He will give you all of the information that you need to prepare for the day of surgery, including instructions on medications you can and cannot take prior to surgery.
The Procedure – What to Expect
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure. If you are the patient, you will need to ask a loved one to drive you to and from surgery, and remain available for the duration of surgery. Anesthesia and sedation medications are administered to make the experience comfortable. After surgery, you will recover in the post-operative suite for a short time until you are cleared to return home.
Your ears or your child’s ears will be swollen and tender after surgery, but these side effects are temporary. Any discomfort can be managed with prescription pain medication. It’s best to keep your head elevated as much as possible in the days following surgery. Dr. Palladino will schedule several follow-up appointments to check the ears’ healing progress, and he will advise when it is safe to return to work, school and other physical activities. After that, you can begin to enjoy showing off your newly corrected ears.
Ear surgery prices vary depending on the technique selected, it might be somewhere around $2,700-$3,900. This price range already includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and the medical facilities.
Learn More About Ear Surgery
If you are seeking a surgical solution to large, protruding or abnormally shaped ears, otoplasty may be right for your needs. Dr. Palladino offers ear surgery to correct the size, shape and position of the ears. Contact his practice today at 915-590-7900 to schedule an otoplasty consultation.
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