Ear reshaping or otoplasty is usually performed on an outpatient basis under sedation and general or local anesthesia. To begin ear reshaping surgery, Dr. Schleicher will make an incision behind the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then reshaped and excess skin is removed. Finally, if necessary, the ear is repositioned more closely to the head, and the incision is closed.
You will be sent home with a headband type dressing to use for several days. The headband is worn for 2 to 3 weeks to protect the ears. Any discomfort can easily be controlled with oral medication. Your ears will begin to look normal within approximately 10 to 20 days. You should avoind participating in any contact sports for about a month. You can expect to return to work in about 1 week and to see final results in about 5 months.
Deciding if ear reshaping surgery is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on ear reshaping surgery or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
Ear reshaping is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.