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Otoplasty is ear surgery designed to improve the shape of the ear. Although the ideal age for otoplasty is age 5 to 6 years old (when the ear is fully developed and just before a child enters school), otoplasty can be performed any time after the ear is fully developed. It is often sought out by adults who didn’t have the opportunity to be treated earlier in life. 

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?

At HK Plastic Surgery, the cost of otoplasty ranges from $4800-$5500. Please note: Each plan is customized to individual situations and includes facility fees, IV sedation, medication, and post-operative appointments. 

Schedule an appointment with our doctors to discuss the details of your surgery, and they will provide a customized plan and quote for you. 

What can ear surgery accomplish?

Many children with noticeable ears often get teased, and many adults who have this condition feel self-conscious. Ear surgery can greatly help in these situations by correcting the appearance of a variety of specific ear conditions. Commonly corrected conditions with otoplasty include:

  • Overly large ears
  • Elongated earlobes
  • Overdevelopment of the conchal bowl cartilage (a “cup ear”)
  • A failed development of the anti-helical fold (a “lop ear”)
  • Ears that significantly protrude from the head
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Otoplasty surgical details

While otoplasty is typically performed with general anesthesia for children, IV sedation is generally sufficient for adults. For adults, the outpatient procedure may be performed in our AAAASF-certified outpatient surgical facility. For children requiring general anesthesia, ear surgery is performed at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Although the procedure typically takes approximately two hours, the precise details of you or your child’s specific otoplasty will depend on the kind of operation that is being performed. During your consultation with us, we will walk you through the entire process of the procedure, recovery, home care, and follow-up visits so that you’re fully educated on every detail of the otoplasty.  After your consultation, you will recieve a quote and can schedule the surgery should you so choose to. 

Surgical otoplasty recovery 

Initial recovery from surgical otoplasty will take between 1 and 2 weeks. Following the procedure, patients may experience mild bruising and redness, as well as swelling and numbness of the ear(s). These will gradually resolve over the first few weeks after surgery.

For young children, a protective head band is recommended while sleeping for the first three weeks and continuously during this time. Any situation where there is potential for a blow to the ear (e.g. basketball, wrestling) should be avoided for six weeks following surgery. Young children should also understand that they cannot touch their ears during recovery. Final results are apparent in about three weeks, and results are permanent. 

Otoplasty in Sarasota and Tampa from Holcomb - Kreithen Plastic Surgery

Dr. Holcomb is a respected otoplasty surgeon with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Salzman is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience, and brings a wealth of expertise. If you’re interested in ear surgery in Sarasota & Tampa for you or your child, please schedule a consultation with us. We will happily address any questions or concerns and walk you through the procedure. To learn more about otoplasty, contact us today. 

If you are in Tampa, FL, consultations with Dr. Holcomb or Dr. Salzman will occur at their Tampa office. However, the otoplasty procedure itself will be conducted at our Sarasota office.

Please visit this page if you're interested in an otoplasty consultation in Tampa. 

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