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Ear Surgery in Milwaukee

If the appearance of prominent ears is making you feel self-conscious about the way you look, Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) may be a good option for you. Otoplasty is a procedure that can pin ears that protrude too far from the head or shape ears to improve aesthetic balance and harmony.

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Milwaukee

The objective of otoplasty is more natural and better-positioned ears. Otoplasty is a form of ear surgery performed to set disproportionately large or prominent ears closer to the head or to reshape the ears to achieve facial harmony.  Since incisions are made in the back of the ears, faint scars should be concealed in the creases.

If you need assistance repairing stretched or torn earlobes, see Earlobe Repair.

Ear Surgery Consultation

A consultation with a one of our board certified plastic surgeons is the first step for anyone considering otoplasty. The patient or, in the case of a child, the patient’s family, should discuss candidly expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery, while keeping in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

Our surgeon will discuss the variables that influence the decisions involved in otoplasty. The procedure can be performed on a patient after the age of five or six when ear growth is almost complete. When disfigurement is severe, it is recommended that a child be operated on early to avoid possible emotional stress when he or she enters school.

After examining you, the surgeon will explain specific details of your case, including the surgical technique to be used, the anesthesia, where the operation will be performed and what the surgery realistically can accomplish. Other factors to consider before otoplasty, such as risk and cost, should be discussed with the surgeon at this time.

Thousands of otoplasties are performed successfully each year. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential risks of surgery and specific complications associated with this operation. Postoperative complications such as infection and blood clots are uncommon. Occasionally a set back ear may protrude again, necessitating a second operation. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.

    About Ear Surgery and recovery

    The extent of the procedure depends on your desired results. Otoplasty may be performed under a local anesthetic, which numbs the area around the ears, or under a IV sedation, or general anesthesia with our board certified anesthesiologists.

    There are several possible surgical approaches to otoplasty. Using a commonly employed technique, the surgeon makes incisions in the back of the ear and removes skin to expose ear cartilage and skin. Then, the surgeon uses sutures to fold the cartilage in on itself to reshape the ear. In some instances, the same result can be achieved without sutures by weakening the cartilage before folding it. The incisions are closed with sutures.

    By creating a more pronounced fold in the central portion of the ear, the surgeon brings the ear closer to the head. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the procedure usually lasts about two hours.

    Following surgery, the ears are covered with a bulky dressing. There is some soreness and discomfort that is easily controlled by medication. Within a few days, dressings are removed. To promote healing, patients may be asked to wear a light head dressing for several weeks.

    Patient Financing and insurance coverage

    Our goal is to make plastic surgery available to any patient who is qualified. We accept all major credit cards and offer several patient financing options to make the process as easy and affordable as possible. Our plastic surgery financing partners include CareCredit, Alphaeon, Prosper, and CosmetAssure. Learn more about your patient financing options here or contact us for more information.

    Since otoplasty generally is carried out on an elective basis, most insurance plans normally do not offer coverage. If surgery is deemed necessary to correct disfigurement due to improper development, costs may be partially or fully paid by your insurance carrier. In many cases, you may deduct the costs as a medical expense on your income tax return.

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    Ear surgeries performed at our Milwaukee and Waukesha locations are done by a board-certified surgeon and have been proven to show great results. Contact us today to learn more about your options and how we can help you improve the balance of your ears and feel your best.

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