A person considering plastic surgery such as otoplasty should first obtain as much information about the procedure as they can to make an well-considered decision.
During the initial consultation, the patient should freely ask questions from the surgeon and clear any concerns regarding the ear surgery. Ideally, they should enlist all the questions that they want to ask and carry this list to the consultation.
A dedicated surgeon will try to answer the patient’s questions comprehensively and explain the benefits and limitations of the surgery. Prudent board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide otoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
Essential Questions to Ask
Will I make a good candidate for otoplasty?
- What surgical technique would you recommend for my ear reshaping surgery?
- Will my procedure be done under local or general anesthesia?
- What location will the incisions be placed at, and will it lead to scarring in the future?
- What steps should I take to prepare for the procedure?
- Will the recovery phase be extended and painful?
- What are the risks and side effects of otoplasty?
- Can I view ear reshaping before and after images?
- In case of an emergency during the surgery or recovery period, is your practice suitably equipped to handle it?
- After the surgery, is it possible to make further changes to the ears in the future?
Otoplasty Surgery Preparation
The surgeon will provide the patient detailed guidelines on preparing for the ear reshaping cosmetic surgery after establishing them as a candidate. The patient will have to undertake some measures such as avoiding smoking or certain types of medications for a few days.
Scarring after Ear Surgery
The surgeon will place incisions in inconspicuous locations for the incisions, such as behind the ear where it connects to the head, or within the folds of the inner ear. This will cause minimal visible scarring. However, the scarring can vary between patients depending on the extent of the ear surgery.
In case of children, the ear cartilage is soft. Therefore, the surgeon may use splints to develop new ear contours. The surgery will typically be undertaken with the child under general anesthesia. Conversely, adult cartilage is hard. Therefore, otoplasty in adults may involve repositioning or excising ear cartilage after placing a tiny incision in the ear.
Day of the Surgery
In general, otoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient should enlist a responsible person to drive them home after the ear surgery. The time taken for the surgery is usually one to two hours.
Questions to Ask about the Cost
- What are the estimated ear surgery costs at your practice?
- Does the estimate include costs for the anesthesiologist and surgical venue?
- What are the costs for post-op requirements such as prescription meds and medical exams?
Compassionate cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and other towns and neighborhoods in this part of the southwest for otoplasty.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.