Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Southampton, PA
Centrally located in Southampton and serving Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties, the Kole Plastic Surgery Center performs ear surgery (otoplasty) for patients desiring plastic surgery.
Otoplasty: A Pennsylvania Plastic Surgeon’s Guide to Ear Pin Back Surgery
Ear surgery—the medical term is otoplasty—can improve the position or shape of the ear. Otoplasty is appropriate to address a birth defect in the ear’s structure or to repair damage to the external ear due to injury or trauma.
The most common form of ear surgery that Dr. Kole performs is a “setback” otoplasty. This procedure is done to set back or reduce the appearance of a prominent ear, whether it is from the abnormally shaped cartilage or from an overgrowth of the cartilage. Otoplasty is usually performed around age five to six; however, many adults can have these procedures performed as long as the patient is in good medical health.
Ear growth is nearly complete by age five, so this typically is the earliest that this type of surgery is performed. At this age, the ear cartilage is very pliable and easily shaped. An additional reason to choose otoplasty at a younger age is that it can minimize teasing and name-calling by a child’s friends and classmates, which can seriously damage a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
Surgical Techniques for Otoplasty
The surgery for otoplasty is straightforward and based purely on anatomy. The specific procedure depends on the anatomic reason for the ear protrusion or prominence. In simple cases where the ear is missing a fold, Dr. Kole can recreate this fold using cartilage-weakening techniques, as well as suturing techniques. The scar from this surgery is placed in the crease in the back of the ear so it will not be visible from the front or the side.
In more difficult cases the cartilage is larger or thicker than normal. In these cases, Dr. Kole removes a section of the larger cartilage as well as using cartilage-weakening and cartilage suture techniques to return the ear to normal proportions in relation to both the side of the head as well as the protrusion outward from the head.
Otoplasty for adults is only slightly more difficult than for children. Adult cartilage is not as pliable as that of children, but Dr. Kole regularly achieves successful results with adult ear surgery. An adult considering otoplasty should be in general good health with no illnesses that inhibit healing.
Recovery from Ear Surgery
This procedure is performed in our surgical center as an outpatient using light intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. In younger patients or patients who are very anxious, general anesthesia can also be used.
The recovery is usually quick and straightforward. The patient will be placed in a head wrap after surgery to protect the ears from trauma, and Dr. Kole will see the patient the next postoperative day. Protective wraps are worn for several weeks while sleeping to protect the ear from trauma. For several months following surgery, patients must avoid contact sports—such as wrestling—and sports that include helmets, to avoid accidentally pulling the ears forward and damaging the sutures and healing process.
What to Expect from Your Otoplasty
The results from otoplasty can be seen immediately after surgery. The patient feels more confident which is often accompanied by wearing short hair in men or an uplifted hairdo in women.
Otoplasty can dramatically alter your self-esteem, even when the change in your appearance is subtle. You may find yourself to be more confident and at ease in social situations. For that reason alone, otoplasty is one of the most gratifying forms of facial cosmetic surgery we perform at the Kole Plastic Surgery Center.
What Is the Cost of Ear Surgery in Philadelphia and Bucks County?
The price of ear surgery varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of surgery necessary to achieve your individual appearance goal.
The Kole Plastic Surgery Center accepts cash, check, and credit card (MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express®, Discover®) as acceptable forms of payment.
Financing is also available through CareCredit®, United Medical Credit and Advanced Care.
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Having ears that are too large, stand out away from the head or have abnormalities affects the self-confidence of children and adults alike. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward S. Kole, helps by offering ear surgery for the residents of Southampton, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. To learn more about ear surgery, contact us to schedule a personal consultation.