Ear surgery, or otoplasty, gives patients a subtle change that often makes a big difference in their confidence. Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesh Nawada, performs this procedure to correct excessively protruding or asymmetric ears. Otoplasty can provide more overall balance to the face and correct ears that are excessively large or abnormally shaped. Ear surgery is commonly performed on children once their ears are fully developed, which usually occurs by age 5. Ear surgery is performed on children in order to prevent the trauma associated with teasing by other children. This type of teasing can have lasting psychological repercussions. Ear surgery is also commonly performed on men and women of all ages and may be combined with other procedures such as rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery). Dr. Nawada can also perform other common corrections of the ear, such as repairing torn or stretched ear lobes, which is a very common cosmetic and reconstructive procedure that can be performed as a minor office procedure.
"Dr. Nawada is hands down the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida. Prior to my surgery I was well informed and given 100% confidence. In result, my instincts were spot on selecting Dr. Nawada to perform my elaborate procedure. Surgery went smooth and follow up was very caring & professional. He is an artist that helped me gain my confidence back. Thank you Dr.Nawada & Amazing Nurses!!"- J. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2016
"It has been 17 years, but was an exceptional experience. I wish Dr. Nawada was here in the Atlanta area...."- V.A. / Facebook / Jun 20, 2018
"It has been 17 years, but was an exceptional experience. I wish Dr. Nawada eas here in the Atlanta area...."- V.A. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2018
"Dr nawada and staff are awesome"- L.S. / Google / May 07, 2018
"Like most people I did a lot of research before moving forward with both my procedures. I decided to come to Dr. Nawada after reading reviews and meeting with him and his staff. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Nawada is. His knowledge and experience speak volumes, his staff is amazing and really make you feel comfortable. I highly recommend that anyone at least go and talk to him about any procedure, you will not be disappointed."- S. / Healthgrades / Mar 07, 2018
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
The average cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. However, the national average for this surgery ranges between $3,000-$5,000. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $5,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQ’s@headingTag>
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?@headingTag>
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.