Primarily in children but in adults as well, awkward-looking or over-projecting ears can be a source of shame and embarrassment and affect the way others perceive them. Ears can sometimes be too large, disportionate to the head, misaligned, or otherwise aesthetically unpleasing due to a genetic condition or previous accident that has caused a deformity. These issues can be corrected with an Otoplasty or ear reshaping procedure by an experienced facial plastic surgeon.
Otoplasty is today a commonly performed outpatient procedure. The framework of the ear is essentially cartilage and skin. While anatomical differences vary from person to person, essentially Otoplasty reshapes either the position or size of the ear or both. Carefully planned, well-hidden incisions are made behind the ear, the skin is redraped, and the cartilage and ear itself are repositioned in a more pleasing way that is proportionate to the head and face. Also, large or torn earlobes can be corrected during this procedure or as an independent procedure in the office. Patients have indicated some mild discomfort during the average 1-2 weeks that it takes to recover from this surgery, but it is generally very well tolerated.
Especially with children, we strongly encourage both the parents and child to come in for an in-person consultation. Our doctors, Dr. Chad Deal, Dr. Vincent Gardner, and Dr. Carey Nease want very much to answer all of your questions, make sure that Otoplasty is right for you or your child, and completely understand your goals. For adults as well as children, they'll explain the preparation, procedure, recovery time, and what to expect in the weeks following the surgery. They have performed more than 14,500 cosmetic and facial plastic surgical procedures over the past 11 years, and many of the before and after photos of their work can be seen in our gallery.
A good candidate would meet the following requirements:
Our all-inclusive cost for Otoplasty begins at $3,500, and may exceed that amount for those patients that need additional, specific work. The final cost we give you will always include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs, facility fees, supplies, and all routine follow-up visits.
At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform all of our procedures in several accredited, state-of-the-art facilities. In Chattanooga's Southside is SSA's newest state-of-the-art surgical suite, luxurious office and MedSpa. In Calhoun, GA, is SSA's first location and surgical facility. We also operate at Physician’s Surgery Center near Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga.
We consult with patients, before and after surgery, in both our Calhoun and Chattanooga offices.
With three surgical center options, we can arrange to perform your procedure in the location that is most convenient for you. In every office, our highly trained and specialized staff provides you the safety, privacy, comfort and expertise you deserve.
e invite you in for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, or Dr. Nease. Together, we’ll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.