Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct prominent, or “big,” ears. It is a common surgery performed on thousands of patients in the United States every year. There are many different anatomical types of deformities, and Dr. Jones customizes his techniques to suit the individual. These procedures are usually performed when the patient is between five and six years old, just before entering first grade, but can be performed any time after that as well. Many insurance plans cover these procedures as they are deemed necessary to correct disfigurement from improper development; however, the coverage is determined by the insurance carrier.
Otoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, either under general anesthesia (puts the patient “asleep” through the entire operation) or under local anesthesia (numbs similarly to the way a dentist frequently anesthetizes the teeth prior to dental work).
Typically, children are put to sleep to eliminate anxiety, and adults can have their choice. A head bandage is worn for a week, followed by wearing a headband at night for a month.
Please call Dr. Jones to schedule a consultation or for more information about otoplasty surgery. Dr. Jones will discuss your concerns and desires with you and explain the details of the surgery. He will take the time to have a full understanding of your situation so you will be satisfied with the results.