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Atlanta/Buckhead

2140 Peachtree Road, NW
Suite 360
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Gainesville

1485 Jesse Jewel Parkway
Suite 220A
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Dawsonville

81 Northside Dawson Dr.
Suite 203
Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cumming

1100 Northside Forsyth Drive
Suite 490
Cumming, GA 30041

Alpharetta

3330 Preston Ridge Road
Suite 240
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Alpharetta Surgery Center

2365 Old Milton Parkway
Suite 300
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Johns Creek/Suwanee

6916 McGinnis Ferry Road
Suite 100
Suwanee, GA 30024

East Cobb

1121 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 420
Marietta, GA 30068

Windy Hill

1995 North Park Place
Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30339

Newnan

710 Newnan Crossing Bypass
Suite E
Newnan, GA 30263

White Oak in Newnan

1595 East Highway 34
Newnan, GA 30265

Peachtree City

4000 Shakerag Hill
Suite 204
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Buford

3425 Buford Drive
Suite 350
Buford, GA 30519

Lawrenceville

1960 Riverside Parkway
Suite 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Stockbridge

1050 Eagles Landing Parkway
Ste #202
Stockbridge, Ga 30281

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Otoplasty

Probably no other physical characteristic cries out for facial plastic surgery more than protruding ears. Children, long the victims of cruel nicknames like "Dumbo" or "Mickey Mouse," are the most likely candidates for otoplasty in Georgia, but this surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually around five to six years of age. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school. When it comes to otoplasty, conventional wisdom is the earlier the better.

Adults may also benefit from this procedure, which improves self-esteem with relative ease. Often, adults choose this surgery in conjunction with other facial plastic surgical procedures. Not only is it possible to "pin back" ears, but ears can also be reshaped, reduced in size, or made more symmetrical.

Successful facial plastic surgery is a result of good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Our Georgia otoplasty surgeons can answer specific question about your specific needs.

Is plastic surgery for you?

General good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. It is also important to understand the surgery. Otoplasty will not alter hearing ability. What is important for successful otoplasty is that the ears be in proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.

When considering otoplasty, parents must be confident that they have their child's best interests at heart. A positive attitude toward the surgery is an important factor in all facial plastic surgery, but it is especially critical when the patient is a child or adolescent.

Adult candidates for otoplasty should understand that the firmer cartilage of fully developed ears does not provide the same molding capacity as in children. A consultation with a Georgia facial plastic surgeon can help parents decide what is best for their child, not only aesthetically, but also psychologically and physically. Timing is always an important consideration. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable in two respects: the cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping; and secondly, the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement.

During the consultation, Our Georgia otoplasty surgeons will examine the structure of the ears and discuss possibilities for correcting the problems. Even if only one ear needs "pinning back," surgery will probably be recommended on both ears to achieve the most natural, symmetrical appearance.

Making the decision for otoplasty

After the surgeon and patient decide that otoplasty is indicated, your surgeon will discuss the procedure. Following a thorough medical history, your surgeon will explain the kind of anesthesia required, surgical facility, and costs. Typically, your surgeon will suggest a general anesthesia for young patients and a local anesthetic combined with a mild sedative for older children and adults. Under normal conditions, otoplasty requires approximately two hours.

Understanding the surgery

Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Our Georgia otoplasty surgeon will then remove the necessary amounts of cartilage and skin required to achieve the right effect. In some cases, the surgeon will trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and then pin the cartilage back with permanent sutures to secure the cartilage.

In other instances, the surgeon will not remove any cartilage at all, using stitches to hold the cartilage permanently in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, the surgeon will apply sutures to anchor the ear until healing occurs to hold the ear in the desired position.

Soft dressings applied to the ears will remain for a few days. Most patients experience some mild discomfort. If you are accustomed to sleeping on your side, your sleep patterns may be disrupted for a week or so because you cannot put any pressure on the ear areas. Headbands are sometimes recommended to hold the ears in the desired position for two weeks after the surgery.

What to expect after the surgery

The risks are minimal. There will be a thin white scar behind the ear after healing. Because this scar is in a natural crease behind the ear, the problem of visibility is inconsequential. Anything unusual should be reported to the surgeon immediately.

Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve birth defects or traumatic injuries may be reimbursable in whole or in part. It is the patient's responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage.

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"Dr. Joseph, thank you for being so attentive to our little girl. She told all her friends that a Princess took out her tonsils, (she says you look like Princess Jasmine). From day one- We felt safe with you as her surgeon. As a parent, it was such a relief to know she was being cared for and felt a sense of security in your care."

- Georgette, Newnan, GA

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