Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Ear Surgery (also known as otoplasty)
Ear Surgery (otoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that is performed for patients who want to improve the appearance of ears that are uneven, protrude, or are disproportionate to their face. Large, uneven, or misshapen ears can be caused by a variety of reasons, but are most commonly due to genetic factors or as a result of blunt force trauma.
At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, specializing in facial reconstruction, facial surgery, corrective jaw surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, and wisdom tooth removal. If you would like to learn more about our services, or schedule an appointment for ear surgery, contact us today. New patients are welcome and a referral from another doctor is not required.
Candidates for Ear Surgery
In order to qualify as a viable candidate for ear surgery, patients should meet the following criteria:
- Be in good health and not have any health conditions that would significantly interfere with the healing process
- Quit smoking during the healing process
- Have realistic expectations about what the results of the surgery will be
Ear Surgery Procedure
Prior to scheduling your ear surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled professionals, during which we will discuss what issues you would like to address as well as review your health history to determine if you are a viable candidate for ear surgery. If surgery is a viable option, we will examine your ears to determine a treatment plan that is best suited for your needs. Finally, pictures will be taken so you can compare the before and after following your surgery.
Prior to beginning the otoplasty procedure, you will be provided with either general anesthesia or IV sedation. Once properly sedated, the surgery will begin. Although every case will be slightly different, for most otoplasties, incisions will be made on the back of the ears. Placing the incisions on the back of the ears is primarily done to mask any scarring. If incisions need to be made on the front of the ears, the incisions will be placed along the ears natural folds to reduce visibility.
For surgeries to correct protruding ears, the antihelical fold will either be increased or created and the conchal cartilage will be reduced. Once this is complete, the surgeon will place a dressing over the ears to help in the healing process. It is important to not remove or disturb this dressing while you are healing, as doing so can undo corrections that have been made.
Recovering from Ear Surgery
It is common for patients to experience discomfort following ear surgery which is typically managed with pain medication. Itchiness around the bandaged area is also common. If the itchiness or pain is severe or does not improve, contact your physician, as this can be a sign of an underlying problem, such as blood collection.
In addition to carefully tending to the dressing, it may also be suggested that you sleep on your side in order to limit pain. It will also be important to avoid any strenuous physical activities for at least a few months following this procedure.
Prior to scheduling your surgery, it may be helpful to ask your surgeon the following questions:
- What kind of bandages/dressings will be in place after surgery? How long with they be in place?
- Will there be stitches? If so, when will they be removed?
- Will I need medication following surgery?
- How long will the recovery process be and when can I return to my normal activities?
- Will I need to return for follow-up care?
Risks Involved in Ear Surgery
Having ear surgery is a big decision, and it will be important to discuss the potential complications and risks that are involved with the surgery before making a decision.
Though unlikely to occur, the follow can occur as a result of the procedure:
- Anesthesia risks
- Allergic reaction to injected agents, topical preparations, glues, suture materials or tape
- Blood clots
- Change in sensation of the skin
- Wound does not heal well
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin swelling/discoloration
In addition to these potential side effects, one of the most important things to be aware of is the possibility of needing revisional surgery. Although most patients are happy with the results of their ear surgery, optimal results are not guaranteed, especially with the first surgery. We will do everything we can to ensure that your first surgery is a success, but it is important to be prepared to have additional follow up surgeries if optimal results are not achieved on the first attempt.
Cost of Ear Surgery
The cost of ear surgery will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your condition, any unique health issues you have that may complicate the procedure, and what type of insurance plan you have. Our office will file your claim, handle the paperwork, and ensure you maximize your insurance reimbursement. The remaining balance following your insurance coverage will be your responsibility.
Prior to performing the procedure, we will discuss the expected cost, as well as payment plan options that are available to you, such as Lending Club and Care Credit, which offer 6 and 12 month interest-free payment plans.
For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.
Schedule Your Appointment
At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we are committed to treating our patients the way we would expect to be treated. Because Dr. Haigney is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, you can be confident you will receive care that implements the latest dental advancements and is informed by current research and best practices, resulting in you achieving the results you deserve.
To schedule an appointment or consultation, contact our staff at (704) 255-5888 or request an appointment online.