Overly large ears can be a source of teasing and low self-esteem for adults and children. Otoplasty performed at Coastal Cosmetic Center, with offices in Jacksonville and Fleming Island, can reshape and resize the ears to be in better proportion to the rest of the face. Board-certified plastic surgeon Timothy E. Fee, MD, offers ear surgery to residents located in North Florida and around the world.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a procedure to resize or reshape the ears. Ear surgery is often performed on children and younger adults to correct protruding ears, which can result in bullying or teasing. Adults also seek otoplasty to correct ears that have been deformed or damaged due to an accident or trauma.
What Are the Benefits of Otoplasty?
Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁts to your appearance and self-esteem.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty?
If protruding or disﬁgured ears bother you or your child, you or they may be an ideal candidate for ear surgery. Candidates should be in good health and have mature ears, which generally occurs by age five. All candidates should have realistic goals for ear surgery.
What is the Procedure for Otoplasty?
All ear surgeries are conducted on an outpatient basis at the Coastal Cosmetic Center’s nationally accredited on-site surgery facility, Coastal Surgery Center, in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to surgery, anesthesia is administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Dr. Fee will recommend the best choice for you. Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, Dr. Fee makes them within the folds to hide them. Internal, non-removable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.
What is the Recovery for Otoplasty?
Discomfort immediately following ear surgery is normal and can be controlled with pain medication. There may be an itchy feeling under bandages. It is essential that bandages remain intact and are not removed for any reason. Failure to do so may result in loss of some of the correction and may require a secondary surgery.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
Each otoplasty is customized to reach your goals so costs will vary from patient to patient. All applicable costs specific to your surgery will be reviewed during your consultation at one of our convenient locations—Jacksonville or Fleming Island. For your convenience, we offer financing options to assist you in paying for your procedure.
Improve the shape, position, or proportion of your ear with otoplasty from Coastal Cosmetic Center, with offices in Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL. If you or your child have overly large ears that stick out, contact Dr. Fee to see if ear surgery can help you.