Should I get otoplasty? (photos)
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Otoplasty to reduce irritation and discomfort
would greatly improve the asymmetry of the prominent ears (left greater than
right). It is important that the ears be positioned in a natural position, not
Otoplasty candidate and costs
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Otoplasty, should I get it done?
Thanks for your question and photo. Protruding or prominent ears can lead to teasing and a feeling of self-consciousness in both children and adults. Using both suture and cartilage reshaping techniques, otoplasty helps to transform prominent ears to become less prominent, with a more natural contour and position. This procedure can be done either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Otoplasty can also correct other ear deformities such as constricted ears, Stahl’s ear, ear tags, earlobe deformities, split earlobes, cauliflower ear, ear keloids, and ear hemangiomas. Contact a board certified plastic surgeon near you for an in person examination. Hope this helps...best of luck!
From your photo, it appears that you could be a reasonable candidate for an otoplasty surgery. The procedure is relatively well tolerated, and it would be best for you to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to make sure that you are truly a good candidate. The surgery typically creates a permanent scar in the crease behind the ear, which usually can not be seen by the average person. I hope this helps.
Should I get otoplasty? How much does it usually cost?
Otoplasty can be a straightforward and predictable procedure
Your photo shows us that you have simple conchal bowl hypertrophy, the most common cosmetic deformity of the ears, in which the round "bowl" portion of your ear cartilage is oversized. This creates an outward rotation of the ear. Your left side is substantially larger than the right. Otoplasty in your case can be a simple and predictable procedure to derotate and reduce the apparent size of your ears. You can expect an improvement in symmetry and appearance with your hair pulled back. You can also expect less pressure on your ear when you are laying on your side. Your procedure typically can be performed under local anesthesia, or with some sedation. Costs for this type of procedure typically start at a couple of thousand dollars and depend on your local environment and anesthesia choice. Find an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon who can examine you and advise you. Good luck!
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