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Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, can be performed on adults and children who are bothered by the noticeable appearance of their large, prominent, malformed, or damaged ears. Patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis can rely on the expert hands of Dr. James A. Hoffman when they are considering having their ear deformities repaired through otoplasty or ear surgery.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a type of reconstructive surgery that can correct any deformities in the outer ear to achieve a normal ear contour. Not only is otoplasty done for cosmetic purposes, but it can also be utilized as a reconstructive procedure for patients who have lost their ears or have damaged them severely due to an accident or trauma.
Is Otoplasty Right for Me?
Studies show that about 30 percent of newborn babies are born with ear deformities, but most of these deformities correct themselves as the child grows. But if in case your child’s ear deformities seem to show no progress, an otoplasty can easily be performed to repair the deformity. Although it is common for otoplasty to be performed on children, patients of any age are welcome to visit our office in St. Paul, Minneapolis for a consultation.
Otoplasty mainly focuses on the correction of prominent ears. Prominent ears can be a result of numerous factors:
- The ears become prominent and stick out if it grows at an angle that is more than 20 to 35 degrees.
- Patients with over-developed ear cartilages can have prominent ears.
- Ears can also protrude if the ear cartilages are underdeveloped and if the top ridge of the ears does not fold as they should.
- There are also some cases when prominent ears are caused by an accident or trauma.
If you (or your child) withdraw from activities, such as swimming, or keeping your ears covered by your hair because you are self-conscious, this surgery can open up new possibilities for changing your appearance.
View before-and-after pictures of real patients of James A. Hoffman, M.D.
What is an otoplasty like for patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis?
Dr. James A. Hoffman advises parents of pediatric patients in St. Paul, Minneapolis that children should be given time before letting them undergo an otoplasty. He understands the sense of urgency that parents feel when seeking treatment for their child but it is important to wait until the child turns 5 to make sure that the ear structures have developed fully.
Otoplasty has been broken down into 3 major types based on the different presentations of ear deformities. The procedure is different for each type and can be discussed further during a consultation with Dr. James A. Hoffman in St. Paul, Minneapolis.
- Ear augmentation – this procedure is best for patients with non-existent as well as underdeveloped pinna (microtia)
- Otopexy – used to pin back or flatten a patient’s protruding ears
- Ear reductions – are best for patients who have large pinnae (macrotia)
Recovering from Ear Surgery
An otoplasty performed in our office in St. Paul, Minneapolis, on average, lasts for about 2 to 3 hours. This procedure can be done under intravenous sedation and general anesthesia for pediatric patients. There will be some swelling around the ears following otoplasty. Any pain can be managed with over-the-counter medication. Patients will need to avoid sleeping or resting directly on the ears during their recovery. Patients can resume work and day-to-day activities about a week after their otoplasty.
What a huge difference!
Dear Dr. Hoffman
Thank you for the before and after pictures. What a huge difference! I am so glad Alex was able to have the surgery. He looks great! He is doing very well and enjoys first grade. He is thrilled about having his photos on the internet. I think it could be a great learning tool for him to be able to use his past experiences to help and encourage others.Thank you, Leah
The Cost of Ear Surgery
The cost of your ear surgery in Minneapolis will be based on the techniques required to perform the procedure, the amount of work needed to provide you with your ideal results, and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Hoffman can go over the details of your otoplasty and let you know what the expected cost of your surgery will be. Financing options are available to help make the payment process easier.
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