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Otoplasty (ear setback surgery)

The correction of prominent ears can be surgically corrected in children and adults.  We have found it is best in children with prominent ears to delay surgery until the child is old enough to participate in the decision to undergo surgery.  We do this surgery comfortably and safely under local anesthesia and twilight sleep (iv sedation), even on children as young as 5 years of age.

Even though this deformity may be present from birth, it is regarded by most insurance companies as cosmetic and not reimbursable.

This surgery can be as early as 5yrs of age, but is often delayed to allow for added maturity.  In our practice most otoplasties are done under local anesthesia and usually in our accredited office OR.  Incisions are hidden behind the ears and the surgery reshapes the supporting ear cartilage.  Approximate time for this surgery is 60-90 minutes.  Complications with this procedure are relatively rare.

As with any other cosmetic procedure, the best way to obtain specific information is in a personal consultation with one or more surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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