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Ear Correction

This guide provides information about ear correction surgery, how long the procedure takes, the recovery process and associated tightness and pain.

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What is an Ear Correction?

Ear correction is a surgical procedure to correct protruding ears (also known as bat ears). The ears are pinned back so they lie closer to the head, creating a more aesthetically pleasing facial contour. An incision is made just behind the ear in the natural fold where the ear meets the head. Cartilage is removed, repositioned and can even be stitched to the head for a firmer hold.

How Long Does an Ear Correction Take?

The operation is relatively quick, only taking approximately 30 minutes to one hour. The surgeon makes a cut immediately behind the ear (in the natural crease fold). After reshaping the cartilage, the incision is closed with sutures. These can either be dissolvable or they’ll need to be removed later by the surgeon or nurse. If there’s excess cartilage, this will be removed during the operation.

Most patients are able to leave the clinic or hospital within a few hours after the operation.  If general anesthesia has been used, you’ll be advised to have someone drive you home. Typically performed on an outpatient basis, ear correction generally does not require overnight stay. You should be back at home the same day. As for returning to work, most surgeons suggest taking at least one week off to recover. The healing process typically takes 7-10 days.

Is an Ear Correction Painful?

You should not feel any pain during an ear correction procedure. The surgery will require either local or general anesthetic. Local anesthesia means you’ll be awake during the operation but the area will be sedated. Some surgeons prefer to use general anesthesia on children since it’s difficult for them to remain still during the entire process. Either way, you should not experience tenderness, pains or aching throughout surgery.

After the operation and the effects of anesthesia wear off your ears may be bruised, red, sore and tender. This can be alleviated with pain medication and usually lasts for a couple of days to one week. Once the healing process has finalized, you should not experience any discomfort.

When Can I Start Exercising Post Ear Correction?

Following the procedure, you will be required to wear a head compression bandage. This protects your ears from exposure to infection and holds them in the ideal healing position. You will be advised to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks after your ear correction surgery. This means no cardio or heavy lifting (since these types of activities raise blood pressure and can affect the healing period).

As for contact sports such as football and martial arts, you will be required to refrain from these activities for at least one month. You should follow your surgeon’s advice specifically in order to avoid injury and consequential touch up surgery.

Ears Pulling After Ear Correction

Some patients experience a feeling of stiffness or tension following their ear correction operation. This is a normal sensation especially whilst the stitches are settling. If you experience undue pain or if this feeling lasts longer than a couple of weeks consult your surgeon. In any event, you should be having a follow up visit several weeks after your surgery.

After your ear correction procedure, your ears should be symmetrical and lie closer to your head. The aim of this surgery is not to produce perfection, but rather to achieve normality. Your plastic surgeon should discuss your expectations with this type of surgery.

How to Find the Best Ear Correction Surgeon

Ear Correction is a plastic surgery procedure which requires specialty training and experience. Although any doctor can be a cosmetic surgeon and claim to practice in plastic surgery, invasive surgeries should only be done by a plastic surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. To ensure the surgeon is also experienced in cosmetic surgery, find out if they are a member of the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). If the surgeon does not have hospital privileges for the procedure, make sure that the surgeon’s facility is accredited, state licensed or certified by Medicare.

Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for prominent ears.

Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at performing ear correction. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the procedure. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.

How much does Ear Correction Cost? Price Information

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Cost of Ear Correction: $2,100-$2,500

Average Cost: $2,300

Fees Include: surgeon fees, anesthetic, operating room fees, surgery garments

Cost Variables: The prices vary depending on the extent of your protruding ears, whether the fold needs to be repaired and whether cartilage needs to be pinned back with stitches.

Health Insurance: Depending on the insurance company and your insurance policy, some of the cost may be covered, usually determined by the extent of deformity.

Medicare/Medicaid: Cosmetic procedure fees are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. If the surgery is deemed medically necessary for children then some costs may be covered. Contact the appropriate departments for further information.

Hospital Fee: Can be in addition to the cost.

Facility Fees: Usually included in surgeon’s quote.

Ask the clinic for the total cost including follow up visits and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.

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