If you have prominent ears, there is a good chance that you have tried every trick in the book to make them less noticeable. Covering them up with your hair and wearing hats to pin them back works great, but those are a temporary fix. You may be at a point where you are looking for a permanent solution, if that is the case then you have come to the right place.
Is Ear Surgery Right For Me?
Ear surgery, also called otoplasty, can be performed at any age. This procedure can correct oversized protruding ears, large earlobes, and misshapen ears.
Whether you are not happy with the cosmetic appearance of your ears or you have a functional problem, you can discuss your goals with Dr. Brooks to determine whether your postoperative expectations are realistic.
Is Ear Surgery Covered By Insurance?
The first step is setting up a consultation with Dr. Brooks to go over the reasons for your otoplasty. You will tell Dr. Brooks about your goals and your medical history. The benefits, cost, risks, and recovery will be discussed in detail. Dr. Brooks will take the time to listen to your concerns and will answer any questions you may have.
Most health insurance companies only cover ear surgery if there is a functional problem such as hearing impairment. Congenital abnormalities or a deformity may also be covered by insurance. But if you want ear surgery for cosmetic reasons only, there’s a good chance that your health insurance company will not cover the cost of your operation. In that case, our patient coordinator will go over the full details about the cost and payment options for your otoplasty.
What Is Recovery Like After Otoplasty?
Recovery time is unique for each patient, however, you can expect to take about 1 week off work.
You will leave the office with bandages on your ears, Dr. Brooks will let you know how to wear the bandages and how to position yourself when you sleep.
You will likely have to wear the bandages for three days at the very least. If you have stitches that need to be removed, they will be taken out about one week after your ear surgery.
Once it’s time to remove the bandages, Dr. Brooks will give you with a head-band type dressing. Dr. Brooks may want you to wear this for up to three weeks for proper healing.
It’s very important to rest for the first week after your surgery to let your body heal. Follow your post-op instructions carefully for optimal results.
If you were born with a deformity or a hearing impairment that means that your surgery is reconstructive in nature. It’s best to get a referral from your family doctor, you can also get a referral from a walk-in clinic physician. Just ask them to fax a referral to Dr. Trevor Brooks at 403.487.0462.
If you don’t like the look of your ears and you want surgery to change their appearance, that means that your ear surgery is for cosmetic reasons. Give us a call at 403.487.0460 and we will be happy to set-up your consultation for you.
Dr. Brooks sees patients in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Saskatchewan. If you have a preferred location, please let us know, accommodating our patients is our top priority.