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Teenage Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Dr. Bermant,
I'm writing to you because I need your help. I'm 17 years and I'm told by alot of people that I'm pretty.. except for that fact that my ears stick out from my head and they cause me to be extremely self conscious, and I ALWAYS get made fun of for them. It is humiliating and extremely embarrassing. I'd really appreciate some advice on procedures and estimates on the cost of otoplasy. Your kindness is unbelievably appreciated.
Sincerely,
K

Dr. Bermant responds:

Ears that protrude can be disturbing. Have you discussed your concerns with your parents? At your age you will need the permission of your parents. If they are interested, together you can explore my introduction to otoplasty surgery here on the web and then continue in my office with a consultation and evaluation. Cost of surgery depends on the deformity to be treated. If you want information beyond the introduction to cost issues, please call my office during our normal hours M-F 9-5.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Teenage Otoplasty Ear Surgery

dear Dr,
i am girl 15 years of age and my ears stick out not as bad as some people, but they do stick out far enough to where i never wear my hair up during the day cause when i was younger kids would make fun of me and the only time i do wear my hair up is for softball. Even then i still didnt like wearing it up. Well i thought my parents would think i was stupid for asking about this surgery but now that i have asked my mom about it she said we could do it if i want to. I do want to have this surgery done but i was woundering about how much this prcedure usally cost and if you knew and doctors i could go to in georgia. thankyou and i look forward to hearing from you please email me.

ThankYou ,
J

Dr. Bermant responds:

Glad you have discussed your feelings with your mother. At your age, you need parental consent for surgery. I am sorry, we are not a referral service but do see patients from around the world here in Richmond. Choosing your doctor is very important. That is why I built my website, so patients could browse through my surgical sculpture in the relaxed settings of their homes before coming here. Travel to Richmond is easy. The basic price issues can be found here.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Teenage Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Hello,
I am 14 and have been considering ear surgery, for quite sometime, my ears have got in the way of everything in my life, such as modeling. I have no confidnece because of them, i have never worn my hair up to school in life for fear of being made fun of, my ears are very small, they just stick out, my family and I were wondering the cost of ear pinbacks,
thanks,
K

Dr. Bermant responds:

It is no fun being teased, others can be cruel. Please look here for basic price information. If your parents are interested, they can call my office to discuss more details about the cost.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Northern Virginia (Springfield) Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Dr. Bermant,

I live in Northern Virginia (Springfield) and have protruding ears. I've been considering going through with an Otoplasty surgery, but because of pricing and other issues I'm not sure if I am ready to have this surgery performed.

As a child, I was occasionally teased about my ears and still occasionally today as an adult. Part of me wants to have normal looking ears, but I have grown enough with them to the point where I have accepted them. I constantly switch between really wanting the surgery and really wanting to accept who I am and how I look. I feel that I could be happier with normal ears, but at the same time a part of me thinks I should be happy with what I was given.

My other concern, now that I am older, is what will others think. I meet with my friends one day with my current ears and then the next day my protruding ears are gone. I've come to the point that I think I would feel comfortable with just slight adjustments to my ears. Honestly speaking, I don't want my ears to be completely laid back against my head. Are there ways to regulate how far the ears are pulled back during the surgery? Would I be able to see the results (stay awake during the surgery) before all final changes are made.

If you could answer some of these questions and give me some feedback and personal opinion that would be great. Do you think this surgery is right for me? Do you need pictures?

E

Dr. Bermant responds:

Some find they accept their protruding ears, others do not like the stares, teasing and judgments they get from some people. Surgery is a reasonable option. Although this website has a good introduction, we help our patients explore these issues during their consultations in our office.

Otoplasty ear sculpture can come in different degrees. Trying to let a patient interact during the operation is not a good option, I prefer this to happen during the consultation. I take time with each of my patients to better understand their wishes before surgery. It is my opinion that there is no one ideal measurement or dimension that will apply to all patients.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Ear Surgery Questions

Dear Dr. Bermant,
First of all, I want to thank you for the extremely informative website. I am interested in plastic surgery of the ear.

Two questions:

  • are the changes made through the surgical procedure permanent?
  • for folks from out-of-state, like myself, what's the recommended stay for after the procedure.

Thanks very much.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Although I design my otoplasty ear sculpture to be permanent, ear cartilage can be fickle material to sculpt. There are several factors that can result in changes of the ear. I prefer to help my patients explore these issues during their consultations since there are so many variables that are best individualized for that patient's sculpture.

Stay after surgery is usually until the next day. The formal ear dressing should be removed by me and this is done after surgery day three to day six (depending on what was done). Suture removal is usually day six or seven. In some cases we can use absorbable external sutures.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Surgery Stay

Hello, I am interested in getting otoplasty. Does this surgery require overnight stay in the hospital for out of town patients or will I be able to drive to my hotel room after surgery. Thanks.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Otoplasty surgery in adults is done under local anesthesia alone or with sedation depending on the extent of surgery and preferences. Children are often done under general anesthesia. Patients after sedation or general anesthesia should not drive themselves until the next day. Family members, friends or a nurse can stay with you initially. Richmond hospitals have a very reasonable ambulatory surgery stay package (call our office for details.) Stay after surgery is usually until the next day. The formal ear dressing should be removed by me and this is done after surgery day three to day six (depending on what was done). Suture removal is usually day six or seven. In some cases we can use absorbable external sutures. Many patients find visiting Richmond convenient for their surgery. After surgery many have traveled to surrounding areas like Washington, DC and then they return for the after care. Others find staying here inexpensive and reasonable.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Alternatives

i know a lot about the cost and surgery procedure of an otoplasty. yet i have ask if there is an alternative besides just "living with it"... recently i have been placing a headband around my ears every night before bed, . the protrusion is less mild but it gets red and goes back to its normal shape. am i wasting my time doing this. or is it slowly gonna mold its way to that shape. i dunno. sounds outlandish, but i heard small children (before the age of 4) can have there ears faded back by wearing some type of mold for about 6 months. im 23, but im hoping i get some degree of change. sounds crazy but that is how much my ears bother me. They don't protrude that much either but they do protrude.
thanks for listening. please write back.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Newborn's ears have a certain softness from the mother's hormones that permits molding of ears during the first few weeks of life. Beyond that cartilage is has too much memory for such techniques to be effective. Some self administered techniques may cause harm. Surgery is effective and reliable and backed by years of experience in the literature. Take some time and browse around the many pages about otoplasty on this site. You do not just have to "live with it." If interested call the office and set up an appointment.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Bandages

hi im a 16 year old female and im interested in getting otoplasty. how long does it take to heal? when can you remove the bandages? please give me more info
thanks,
a

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many types of ear deformities and surgical options depending on the problem.

The main incision is behind the ear. In adult cases there is often a second incision under the upper rim. I need to see the nature of the deformity to provide appropriate advice about risks of this operation. After surgery a special bulky dressing protects the ears for the first few days after surgery. Outer sutures are removed after 6 to 8 days after surgery. The ears need some protection after surgery until the cartilage and tissues heal enough to tolerate activity.

At your age you will need to discuss such issues with your parents. They need to be involved with all decisions. Together you can start your exploration of what otoplasty ear surgery with our introduction to otoplasty ear surgery.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Surgery for Protruding Ears

Hello. My name is ---. I am 31 years old and have protruding ears. They are not large, just very protruding! I have always wanted to have them "pinned" so that I could wear my hair up, etc. I never, ever show my ears, not even around the house. I am a waitress, so I have always kept my hair long enough to cover my ears, yet short enough that I don't have to pull it up. I have had a consultation with a local Plastic Surgeon and I left his office in tears. He felt there was nothing he could do to help me, because of a certain fold in my ear. I was too upset to stay and listen to the medical terms he was using. Basically he said he could barely make a difference, only a millimeter or so. So, I have just let it go until now, when I found your website while playing around on the Internet. If you could please respond and hopefully give me some hope, I would appreciate it tremendously! I would be willing to send pictures if you like, seeing as though I'm in Erie, Pa. Please respond and let me know what you think. Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,
---

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many possible causes for protruding ears and surgical techniques depend on the problem. The best way to explore such issues is during an in office consultation.

We do see patients from around the world and try to plan a package ahead to minimize possible disappointments. Preliminary evaluations include information about your problem, medical information, and photographs. There is a fee for this analysis and educational service.

Photographs and a preliminary discussion can be a good start helping patients feel comfortable with us before travel to Richmond. However, I need to feel how an ear bends to determine what should be done.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Tragus Piercing

Hello

Is it bad to pierce the tragus, does it cause cancer or any kinds of risks? What it the purpose of it?

Thank you

Dr. Bermant responds:

The tragus is a structural element of the ear and has no specific function of which I am aware. It is delicate and does not support weight well. Prevention of deformity is better than needing reconstructive surgery. Cartilage infections can be a big problem.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Re: my ears stick out.....HELP!

Is there any way i can fix my stick out ear problem at home.....or do i HAVE to go to a plastic surgeon? I really need help because i am embarrassed to put my hair up and when i do i get horribly made fun of. Do you have a suggestion for me?

Dr. Bermant responds:

Sorry, I do not know of any home remedies for ears that protrude other than camouflage with clothing or hair. You can find an introduction to what we offer on this website in the otoplasty section.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

After Another Surgeon's Otoplasty

Three days after otoplasty both my ears are still very swollen and discoloured, not at all like the pictures on the web. Is this normal?

Dr. Bermant responds:

The progression of tissues after surgery depend on the problem to be treated, surgical techniques, skill of your surgeon, after care, how you heal, and other factors. What I have posted on my website is the typical progression for MY patients. Such issues should be discussed with your surgeon.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

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