Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Baltimore
Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis provide otoplasty for patients in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Annapolis, and the surrounding areas of Maryland.
Many children and adults have suffered from cruel taunting for having large or protruding ears. Patients are turning to ear surgery, commonly referred to as otoplasty, to reduce the size or protrusion of the ears. As long as your ears are fully developed, Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis can perform otoplasty at Baltimore’s Facial Plastic Surgicenter. Children over the age of four usually have ears that are mature enough to have surgery.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or ear reshaping, is performed when it’s necessary to “pin back” ears that may protrude out too far or to otherwise reshape, reduce in size or surgically make a patient’s ears more symmetrical. At the Facial Plastic Surgicenter, Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis may recommend otoplasty in conjunction with other procedures to improve a patient’s general appearance and bring balance to the entire face. However, it can also be performed as an individual procedure to help to make sure that the appearance of the ears harmonizes with your face and head. Ear surgery does not affect you hearing ability.
Benefits Of Otoplasty
One of the main benefits that Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis have seen from ear surgery is that individuals who have had ear surgery report that they feel much more confident afterwards. The goal of otoplasty is to surgically correct protruding or deformed ears, which can seriously undermine self-confidence and self-esteem. Few cosmetic conditions are as problematic, particularly for small children, but also for full-grown adults, as protruding ears that subject an individual to teasing and taunting. With Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis, successful otoplasty or ear surgery will result in the patient’s ears finally being in a more natural proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.
Who is a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?
Anyone who has concerns about protruding ears, whether young or old, can benefit from ear surgery at the Facial Plastic Surgicenter. Adult candidates for ear surgery should understand that the firmer cartilage of fully developed ears does not provide the same molding capacity as in children. As for children with protruding ears, a consultation with Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis can help parents who are trying to decide what is best for their child, not only aesthetically, but also psychologically and physically. Timing is always an important consideration. Having the procedure performed at a young age is highly desirable in two respects: the cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping and secondly, your child will experience immediate psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement. During your consultation, Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis will examine the structure of the ears and discuss possibilities for correcting the problems, with the goal of surgery to achieve the most natural, symmetrical appearance.
How Is Otoplasty Performed?
Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis begin the surgery by making a slight incision behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear and head meet. Then, the cartilage and skin will be reshaped until the desired results are achieved. If the patient wishes, the cartilage can be trimmed to reshape the ear. The ear will then be pinned back with permanent sutures, securing the cartilage. Because the incisions take place behind the ears, patients experience virtually no scarring.
The surgery typically takes one to two hours (for two ears), and patients experience little discomfort. Adults often elect to use local anesthesia due to the low level of discomfort that is sometimes experienced. After the surgery, soft dressings should be applied to the ears for a few days. Mild discomfort may be experienced during this time. Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis’s patients love the results of their surgery and are thrilled that they no longer experience embarrassment from large or protruding ears.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
The cost of ear surgery at Baltimore’s Facial Plastic Surgicenter varies depending on the physical findings and patient’s wishes. After meeting with our surgeons to plan your results, a cost can be assessed, and you will have a chance to meet with our patient coordinator to discuss financing options. Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis offer patient financing for ear surgery. Schedule your consultation today to begin planning your otoplasty.
After suffering ridicule and embarrassment from large, protruding ears, patients love the new confidence that has come with their ear surgery. If you too have felt the same embarrassment from your ears, ear surgery at Facial Plastic Surgicenter could be your solution. You can begin visualizing the results you can achieve by looking through our before and after photos of our ear surgery patients.
At Facial Plastic Surgicenter, we urge you to remember that everyone is different, and your comfort with the surgeons is just as important as the final price. Dr. Papel and Dr. Kontis have performed many successful ear surgery procedures on their patients from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the surrounding areas of Maryland and would love a chance to discuss procedural options with you! Contact us at our Baltimore office to schedule a consultation for your otoplasty and discuss all of your options.