Ear Reconstruction Surgery in Fredericksburg, VA
Torn earlobes, protruding ears, and irregular ear size are just some of the issues that can be corrected with ear surgery. At Surgical Arts of Virginia, we offer ear surgery for residents of Washington DC, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Richmond, Charlottesville, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is Ear Surgery?
Cosmetic ear surgery includes procedures that improve the aesthetics of the ears, as well as ear reconstruction due to trauma. Ear shape and size can be changed by removing soft tissue or cartilage, as well as by using tissue grafts.
What is the Cost of Ear Surgery in Fredericksburg, VA?
Ear surgery (earlobe repair) starts at $500 per ear at Surgical Arts of Virginia, and we can discuss the cost of your procedure after your consultation with Dr. Palmer. Our payment options include cash, personal check, money order, and credit card. Financing is available for qualified patients through CareCredit®, United Medical Credit and Prosper™ Healthcare Lending.
What Are the Benefits of Ear Surgery?
Our ear surgeries do not change or improve your hearing. Rather these procedures are recommended for improving the aesthetics of the ears, such as:
- Reducing the size of the ears
- Re-positioning the ears closer to the head
- Correcting asymmetry
- Repairing stretched or torn earlobes
Is Ear Surgery Right for Me?
Ear surgery is appropriate for most patients who want to change their ear shape and size to better fit with the proportions of other features. It is also recommended for trauma that does not affect the hearing or to improve the aesthetic results of previous trauma procedures.
How is Ear Surgery Performed?
Dr. Palmer uses various techniques for ear surgery. If new incisions are needed, he positions them in the natural ear creases whenever possible. To change the ear shape and size, he may remove cartilage and soft tissue, as well as use cartilage and soft tissue grafts. Additionally, Dr. Palmer has experience removing keloids and repairing “pixie ear” deformities resulting from a facelift.
How is Earlobe Repair Surgery Performed?
In most cases, the ear can be repaired such that no noticeable evidence of abnormality remains. Dr. Palmer has repaired a number of earlobes damaged by piercings. Sometimes, it’s as simple as closing a piercing that has pulled through or widened. But Dr. Palmer has also successfully closed large defects resulting from “gauge” type piercings. The key to an aesthetic closure is removing scar tissue and closing in a layered approach from both the front and back of the earlobe. The goal is to restore a natural curve to the earlobe. Typically, after healing has taken place, the ear can be pierced again if desired.
How is Protruding Ears Surgery Performed?
Protruding ears are such that the ears stand out away from the head so much that facial proportions are out of balance. This draws the eye to the ears rather than the face overall. Dr. Palmer corrects protruding ears by removing excess cartilage from the base of the ear and suturing the tissues into a new position. This technique allows for the remaining cartilage to heal in a way that holds the ears closer to the head.
What is Ear Surgery Recovery Like?
Recovering from ear surgery takes a great deal of careful aftercare. Of utmost importance is protecting the ears from any impact, as even the slightest pressure can affect how the cartilage heals. Dr. Palmer provides detailed instructions for your recovery during the consultation and after your surgery before you are released to go home.
Dr. R. Shane Palmer offers ear surgery and earlobe repair for residents of Washington DC, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Richmond, Charlottesville, and the nearby communities in Virginia. If you are interested in learning more about ear surgery, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.