Otoplasty, Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Is having protruding ears affecting your confidence? Otoplasty might be the answer! Dr. Fedok’s cosmetic surgery technique repositions your ears closer to your head and gives you the appearance you desire.

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What Is
Otoplasty?

What Is Otoplasty?What Is Otoplasty?

Deformities of the ears can be an emotionally-charged subject for affected individuals, more so than others may realize. Parents and friends often underestimate the emotional toll that misshapen or protruding ears causes. Males, due to their hairstyle choices, can be particularly vulnerable to comments about their ears as they grow and mature. However, females can be the ones most bothered by protruding ears as they grow older and desire a more mature hairstyle.

How Does
It Work?

Otoplasty: How Does It Work?Otoplasty: How Does It Work?

Otoplasty surgery aims to reshape and reposition the ears. Dr. Fedok recommends this procedure for children before they enter school, usually around the age of five or six when the ear is about 90% of its normal size. This timing helps prevent years of potential teasing and ridicule by classmates. For children, the procedure is typically conducted under anesthesia to ensure their comfort and cooperation. Incisions are discreetly placed behind the ear to minimize visible scarring. An incisionless technique is also possible for certain candidates.

Who Are Ideal Candidates?

Otoplasty: Who Are Ideal Candidates?Otoplasty: Who Are Ideal Candidates?

Dr. Fedok’s otoplasty surgery corrects protruding, malformed, and asymmetrical ears in children and adults.  The procedure is safe and effective, with minimal downtime and a high patient satisfaction rate.  To be considered for otoplasty, you must have fully developed ears and be in good health.  Otoplasty, however, can be completed at any age.  In fact, the more satisfied patients are those who have endured protruding ears for most of their life and finally correct the problem after years of trying to conceal them.  Ear surgery for adults if most often done in the office under local anesthesia and oral sedation.

Otoplasty Benefits

Otoplasty Benefits

Because of the visual and psychological improvement following the operation, this procedure provides a rewarding experience for the patient. Additional benefits of cosmetic ear surgery include:

  • Correcting misshapen or protruding ears
  • Enhancing balance and symmetry of the face
  • Improving self-esteem and quality of life
  • Minimal risks and quick recovery time
  • Ideal for both children and adults
  • Long-lasting results with natural-looking outcomes

Otoplasty Before & After Results

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Otoplasty Before & After Results

Otoplasty Recovery

The night after surgery, a turban-like dressing is worn on the head to protect the ears. This dressing is removed the following day. Patients can return to school, work, and social activities in two to three days wearing an otoplasty headband over their ears. This otoplasty headband is usually worn for at least two weeks and up to 6 weeks. The thin scars from incisions are automatically hidden by the ear and covered by the patient’s hair. It is rare for the scars to become thickened and bothersome. The results are dramatic and long-lasting. Many of Dr. Fedok’s patients in Foley and the greater Gulf Coast area remark how the procedure has given them a new outlook on life.

Otoplasty Recovery
Risks and Side Effects

Risks and Side Effects

Otoplasty carries the standard risks of surgery, such as bleeding and infection. Additionally, swelling, bruising and mild discomfort may occur. It is important to choose a qualified, experienced surgeon like Dr. Fedok and to follow your surgeon’s otoplasty recovery instructions to ensure optimal outcomes and minimize potential complications.

Book Your Otoplasty Consultation With Dr. Fedok

Dr. Fedok is a skilled facial plastic surgeon specializing in otoplasty surgery and other cosmetic procedures that can enhance your confidence and appearance. Book your consultation at our Foley office for improved confidence in your appearance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of cosmetic ear surgery can vary depending on several factors. These factors may include the surgeon’s experience, the complexity of the procedure, the geographic location, and any additional fees. It is best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedok to discuss your specific needs and receive an accurate cost estimate tailored to your case.

The level of discomfort or pain experienced during and after cosmetic ear surgery can vary from person to person. Generally, patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and mild pain following the procedure. However, our surgical team will take steps to manage your pain and ensure your comfort. This typically includes prescribing pain medications and providing post-operative care instructions to help you minimize discomfort as you recover.

The duration of cosmetic ear surgery depends on the complexity of the procedure and whether it involves one or both ears. On average, the surgery typically takes approximately 1 to 2 hours. However, it’s important to note that this is a rough estimate, and Dr. Fedok will provide you with a more precise time frame during your consultation. Other factors such as the specific technique used and the extent of correction can also influence the duration of the surgery.

Otoplasty is typically not covered by insurance. In most cases, insurance providers consider it an elective cosmetic procedure, rather than a medically necessary one. Therefore, they do not provide coverage for it. However, there may be exceptions in cases where the surgery is deemed medically necessary. For example, insurance might cover the procedure if a child has a congenital ear deformity that affects their hearing or overall health. It’s essential to check with your specific insurance provider and consult with a healthcare professional to determine if your cosmetic ear surgery might qualify for insurance coverage under special circumstances.

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