I am interested in having protruding ear corrected; which is the best minimally invasive option? (photo)

cost estimate? Will results be lasting?

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I am interested in having protruding ear corrected

Thank you for the question.  Otoplasty surgery is a great operation which serves to set back the ears. In most cases, one of two (sometimes both) maneuvers serves to set back the prominent ears: 

1. Set back of a prominent "concha" cartilage utilizing permanent sutures may be very helpful. 

2. Development of a "anti-helical fold" may be helpful when it comes to set back of a prominent ear.

 Generally for patients undergoing otoplasty surgery I recommend that the ears be set back enough to look "natural";  for example such that the helical rim is seen from the front. Setting the ear back too far can lead to a "surgical" look (sometimes called telephone ear deformity: as if an old-fashioned telephone was pressed against the patient's ear for too long). 


 Ultimately, careful selection of plastic surgeon and careful communication of goals are key. You may find attached link helpful to you. Best wishes.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Ear surgery is minimally invasive

There isn't a way of correcting your deformity without making an incision behind the ear, scratching the cartilage to create a new fold, and to hold it there with temporary sutures.    This is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or with some intravenous sedation, takes about an hour and costs about $4,000.

Juris Bunkis, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Hi. Thank you for your question.
It´s a small surgery, not invasive at all, which can be performed under local anesthesia. The incision is made in the back of the ear, it´s approximately 5 cm long and the surgery takes about 40 minutes. The cost here in Mexico is between 1800-2100 USD.
Best Regards
Dr Marco Carmona MD

Marco Carmona, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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Suture Otoplasty may be considered for repositioning your ear closer to your head.

Otoplasty surgery may be performed through an inconspicuous incision behind your ear. We prefer using permanent clear nylon sutures to reshape and reposition your ear cartilage. Surgery takes around one hour, and normal social activity may be resumed in a week or less postoperative.

Hope this helps.

Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Protruding ear surgery - Otoplasty

An otoplasty can be performed in the office to correct that ear that is protruding excessively. Surgery takes about 30-45 minutes and can be performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation (if you choose). The results are permanent unless you suffer severe ear trauma. The cost is $2500-3500 per ear depending upon the location and surgeon of your choice. Best.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Which is the best minimally invasive option?

The most minimally invasive method for pinning protruding ears is the so-called stitch method. This was developed in Constance (Germany) and more than 10 000 ears have already been operated on there with this method. In Constance it costs 2920 euros if both ears have to be pinned.

Waldemar Merck, MD
Germany Plastic Surgeon

unilateral otoplasty

 It is possible to have a single protruding ear made less projecting and matched to the other side. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.  A small incision approximately an inch and a half long is placed behind the ear  and permanent sutures are performed to hold the ear back into its new position to match the opposite side.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hello and thank you for your question. Based on your photograph, you are a great candidate for an otoplasty.  This can be performed with a hidden incision.  Cost varies based on geographic and surgeon expertise.  The results are permanent. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. With good surgical technique, you could have an outstanding result. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Correction of protruding ear

The correction of a protruding ear is normally done with surgery to pin the ear back.  Normally, this can be done from an incision behind the ear.  The cost will vary by surgeon and the results should be permanent.  

Michael I. Echavez, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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