Are You a Candidate for Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, which is a rough Greek translation for “to shape the ear,” is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to lessen the prominence of the ears through alteration of their size and shape. Some patients know this surgery as an ear pinning, though an otoplasty is a bit more complex than this descriptive title would lead one to believe.
Through one or more surgical incisions per ear, the doctor can reshape the ear cartilage and suture prominent ears into a more suitable position closer to the head. The earlobe can also be repaired through an earlobe surgery. If a patient has suffered injury due to earrings, or would like to eliminate ear piercing holes or lengthy earlobes, this surgery discreetly corrects these issues. Dr. Rubinstein can combine an otoplasty and earlobe surgery to address the full length and shape of each ear.
Though otoplasty is a relatively minor and minimally-invasive plastic surgery, there are considerations that potential patients must take into account before opting to go under the knife. Read on to determine if you are prepared to handle all aspects of this cosmetic surgery and if you meet the qualifications specific to the procedure.
Patient Health for Otoplasty
Any patient who undergoes a surgery should be in good health, and an otoplasty is no different in this respect. If a patient has a serious illness or has an untreated ear infection or a chronic history of this condition that has not been cared for, this surgery may not be an option until these health issues are resolved.
Along with the patient’s physical health, each person ready for surgery should be mentally mature and prepared to handle the aftermath of the procedure. Children should understand that they will be experiencing a permanent change in their looks. They must also be monitored by an adult to make sure they do not compromise the dressings placed over their ears as this can undo some of the surgical work.
Patient Age for Otoplasty
Many parents make the choice for their children to undergo an otoplasty at a young age to avoid cruelty and teasing from the child’s peers. It is recommended that young patients be at least six years of age to ensure that the ear has fully matured. There is no maximum age for the surgery, though health may be a top factor in elderly patients.
Cost of Otoplasty
Most often, otoplasty is performed as an elective procedure and insurance companies do not typically cover unnecessary surgeries. There are instances where an ear surgery may be performed to correct a congenital or traumatic defect and may thus be covered to some degree. Otherwise, patients must be prepared to cover the cost of surgery, though payment plans or credit options may be available.
Healing Time of Otoplasty
Though ear surgery is a fairly minor procedure, the incisions and manipulations of tissue may create discomfort and swelling. Adequate downtime is between five and seven days, though some patients may choose to take a full week off of their activities.
These suggestions are general, but after seeing a patient Dr. Rubinstein may suggest other qualifications for surgery. The number one concern prior to a surgery is patient health, which can be ensured through proper planning and a good candidate selection process.
Interested potential patients can contact Dr. Rubinstein at his Hudson Valley office at 845-863-1772, or learn more about otoplasty on the doctor’s web page. Dr. Rubinstein is double board certified and specializes in facial plastic surgery and nasal and sinus disorders. He is committed to helping his patients look and feel their very best.