Otoplasty (ear surgery) and Earlobe Repair in Melbourne, FL
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is recommended for teenagers and adults who are unhappy with the size, shape or position of their ears. Castellon Plastic Surgery Center, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Mauricio J. Castellon, MD, offers ear surgery, earlobe repair and other types of facial surgery for men and women who live in Melbourne, Brevard County and the surrounding communities of Central Florida.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is surgery on the ears to improve the shape, size or position. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Castellon can help with ears that are out of proportion with the face and head, such as being too large or small. Otoplasty also helps with how far the ears stand out from the head. It can correct a deformity you were born with or one caused by an injury.
Benefits of Ear Surgery and Earlobe Repair
Although ear surgery can be performed on adults, children and teenagers often experience the greatest benefits. Young patients can be subjected to teasing due to the size, shape, and position of their ears. Otoplasty positions the ears closer to the head and helps with any issues related to ear size. In adults, earlobe repair may be desired to close up holes from earlobe gauges or stretching of the earlobe. Many women and men have damaged earlobes from wearing heavy earrings or from an earring being ripped from the earlobe. Instead of resorting to clip-on earrings, a simple in office procedure can rejuvenate damaged earlobes.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty or Earlobe Repair?
Ear surgery can be performed on children, teenagers, and adults. The primary consideration for younger patients is that the ears should be fully developed. An ideal candidate for an earlobe repair is generally adults that have lost collagen and start to see their earlobes sag, accentuating holes from earrings.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Ear Surgery?
You should entrust your care to the skills and expertise of board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Castellon. He has an amazing bedside manner, and patients immediately feel comfortable with him. Dr. Castellon will explain the surgery as well as the anticipated results.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Otoplasty or Earlobe Repair?
You should prepare your child for ear surgery by keeping the experience very exciting. The procedure is performed at a surgery center, and this can be intimidating for younger patients. The medical staff will help you feel at ease before, during and after the procedure. Part of every ear surgery involves spending some time in our recovery area so that we can monitor your progress. Adults may want to have a friend or family member available to drive them home. An earlobe repair procedure is performed in office and the patient will be prepped with numbing medication so they are comfortable through the procedure.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Ear Surgery?
Depending on the type of ear surgery that is being performed, the procedure can take one to two hours. If the procedure is a simple earlobe repair, it generally takes 30 minutes to perform after the earlobe is prepped and the patient feels comfortable with a numbing injection.
What Should I Expect After My Otoplasty?
Your ears will be vulnerable to injury for the first few weeks after your ear surgery. You should avoid contact sports and other activities that may result in trauma to your ears. Dr. Castellon will schedule follow-up appointments so that he can check how your ears are healing and address your questions and concerns.
When Will I See Full Results of My Ear Surgery or Earlobe Repair?
Full recovery from otoplasty can take a few weeks or months. The cartilage in the ears needs time to heal. You will be able to see initial results when the bandages are removed. For an earlobe repair, a patient can return to work the same day and resume normal activities the next day.
How Long Will the Results of Otoplasty or Earlobe Repair Last?
The results of ear surgery are permanent.
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost in Melbourne?
In most cases, otoplasty and earlobe repairs are not covered by your medical insurance because the surgery is considered elective. We are better able to provide a cost of your ear surgery after your consultation. Castellon Plastic Surgery Center accepts payment by cash and check as well as credit card, including MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, and Visa®. If you are interested in financing, we encourage you to apply with CareCredit® and LendingUSA.com.
Ear surgery can help children, teenagers and adults feel more comfortable with the size, shape, and position of the ears. Castellon Plastic Surgery Center offers otoplasty and earlobe rejuvenation for children, teenagers, and adults who live in Melbourne, Brevard County and the surrounding communities of Central Florida. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.