The ear is one of the most anatomically complex structures of the face yet it affects your appearance greatly. If you are unsatisfied with how your ears are shaped or how far they stick out, ear surgery can reshape your self-image. Board-certified plastic surgeon Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., provides ear surgery solutions to all of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida in his conveniently located Aventura office.
What is Otoplasty?
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that slightly pins back protruding ears, reduce the size of large ears, reshape ears or correct misshapen earlobes. Ear surgery is performed on one or both ears to ensure symmetry.
What are the Benefits of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Ear surgery corrects protruding or oddly shaped ears. Other benefits include:
- Smoother, rejuvenated ear skin
- Lower profile ears that don’t stick out
- Symmetrical ear shape that frames the face
- Reconstruction of overstretched earlobes from earring use
Is Otoplasty Right For Me?
You may be a good candidate for ear surgery (otoplasty) if you or your child’s ears have reached maturity in shape and size. Maturity is usually reached after the age of seven. A consultation with Dr. Rubinstein can help determine whether you or your child may benefit from ear surgery (otoplasty).
What is the Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Procedure Like?
Procedures vary greatly for adults and children. If you are an adult, ear surgery is performed with a local anesthetic and a mild sedative, so you are awake but relaxed during the procedure. The local anesthetic ensures your ear is numb, and you feel no pain during the procedure. If you are a child, ear surgery is generally performed under full general anesthesia to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure.
Small incisions are made behind the ear, ensuring minimal scarring. Depending on the goal of ear surgery (otoplasty), Dr. Rubinstein removes cartilage and skin as necessary to reshape the ear or pin the ears back closer to the head. Tiny sutures are used to hold the ear in place during the healing process. Overall, the procedure lasts around two hours.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
You will wear a heavy bandage, similar to a headband, around your head for five to fourteen days after surgery, depending on the procedure. Most patients experience mild pain and discomfort easily managed by pain medicine prescribed by Dr. Rubinstein to help with recovery. An antibiotic is also prescribed to prevent infection.
Dr. Rubinstein wants to ensure a smooth and full recovery. As such, he will ask to schedule a few follow-up appointments. The first appointment is usually scheduled for a week after surgery. At this appointment, any external sutures are removed.
Recovery is usually swift enough that you may return to work or school after this first follow-up appointment. Physical activity and exercise are generally approved by Dr. Rubinstein after two to three weeks.
What Does Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Cost in Miami, FL?
Ear surgery is generally not covered by medical insurance. The one exception is when it is part of a reconstructive or congenital defect correction care plan. Dr. Adam Rubinstein understands the desire to present your best self to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida. The knowledgeable office staff of Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., provides cost guides with your consultation and many different methods of payment. In addition to accepting cash, personal check, credit cards, other convenient financing
options are available.
Gain confidence in your facial profile and ear symmetry. Contact a friendly member of the Aventura staff today to schedule an ear surgery (otoplasty) consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Adam J. Rubinstein today. His office is conveniently located in Aventura, Florida, just minutes away from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and other South Florida communities.