Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Jupiter, FL
Protruding ears or the need for earlobe repair are both viable reasons for facial plastic surgery. Located in Jupiter, FL, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Koger, performs otoplasty or ear surgery for those Palm Beach County residents, including residents of West Palm Beach, Vero Beach and Wellington, who want a highly skilled and world-class credentialed plastic surgeon to help them or a loved one to restore a more natural look to the contour of the ear.
What is Otoplasty?
Ear reshaping through an otoplasty procedure works to restore the aesthetic and cosmetic qualities of the ear by reducing the curvature of the cartilage in the ear. This allows Dr. Koger, who was trained at the very top medical schools in the world, to expertly create a more natural ear proportion and appearance. Otoplasty can be performed on children over the age of five and in adults to “pin back” ears that protrude or to reshape, resize or otherwise make the ears more symmetrical.
The Best Candidates for Otoplasty
Any person who feels self-conscious about their ears can be a great candidate for otoplasty. Both children and adults can tend to be self-conscious if their ears are too prominent. This overly prominent ear issue tends to happen when there is an abnormal formation of cartilage at the base of the ear. Unfortunately, as a result, children first become aware of their overly prominent ears when they become the victims of cruel nicknames and teasing. But while children are the most likely candidates for otoplasty, the good news is that this surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to six years of age. The best candidates for otoplasty are those patients interested in reducing the prominence of their ears, changing the shape or proportion of their ears or reconstructing a damaged ear.
Planning Your Otoplasty
During your preliminary consultation, Dr. Koger will take your thorough medical history, as well as assessing your mental and emotional attitudes toward the surgery. A realistic attitude is crucial to the success of the surgery, and Dr. Koger will answer any questions you may have about the surgical procedure, and realistic expectations will be discussed. Ear pinning can be done under local or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Once your ears have healed, they will appear smaller and more balanced to your natural features.
Preparing For Your Otoplasty Procedure
If the patient is a child, we will discuss your child’s goals. Dr. Koger will describe the different options best suited for you or your child and provide a recommended course of treatment. He will also make sure that you understand and feel comfortable with what to expect before, during and after your surgery. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school. It is often desirable in children to consider this surgery before they start first grade.
The Otoplasty Procedure
Dr. Koger, who taught plastic surgery at Duke University Medical School, is an expert at the otoplasty procedure. The surgery begins with an incision made just behind the ear in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Dr. Koger will then remove the necessary amount of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, Dr. Koger will trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure it. In other instances, the Dr. Koger will not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, Dr. Koger will apply sutures to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.
A change in the shape of your ear will not affect your hearing. Although the folds and convolutions of the ears do serve to concentrate and localize sound waves, routine surgery to pin back or reshape ears will not affect your hearing. Ear surgery can offer a real emotional boost, in addition to its cosmetic benefits. If your ears are making you self-conscious, take the time to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Koger now.
How much Does Otoplasty Cost?
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options are available via CareCredit®.
Getting Back to Normal After Otoplasty
Dr. Koger will discuss with you what you can expect in terms of your recovery and getting back to normal after otoplasty. Typically you may experience some swelling or mild discomfort, right after your procedure. Dr. Koger will advise you of any recommended aftercare instructions, which you should be careful to follow so that you heal properly with optimal results.
If you live in or around West Palm Beach, Wellington Vero Beach or anywhere in Palm Beach County, and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform otoplasty or ear surgery, then please contact Dr. Koger at Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL, today, to set up your complimentary consultation.