I am interested in having protruding ear corrected; which is the best minimally invasive option? (photo)
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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.
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.
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.
Dr Marco Carmona MD
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Suture Otoplasty may be considered for repositioning your ear closer to your head.
Hope this helps.
Protruding ear surgery - Otoplasty
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Which is the best minimally invasive option?
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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