Cosmetic ear surgery can improve the shape, size and position of the ears, resulting in a more natural and balanced look. Dr. Guarino is an expert in otoplasty, and has reshaped the ears of countless Allentown, PA patients. Otoplasty is recommended for healthy individuals who are unhappy with their ears because they feel they are too large, are protruding, or have another deformity. This procedure can be performed on children as young as five years old. Correction of ear abnormalities can have a lifelong impact on an individual’s facial appearance, as well as improve their self-esteem.
"love going there I got my surgery done 4 months ago I feel good and more confidence on my self.. thank you Dr. Guarino and his professional staff"- Anonymous / Vitals / Sep 03, 2015
"I had Samantha as my technician, she was amazing. She walks you through every step of each process. I had facials with her and I left with my skin looking smooth and refreshed. I recently had cool sculpting done and had fantastic results couldn’t be happier. Would highly recommend the cool sculpting if you can’t get rid of that stubborn fat."- H.B. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
"Dr. Guarino always has a smile on his face, you can tell he loves what he does, and he is very good at it! I am beyond happy with my results and I would see him again without hesitation. Love the office!"- J.W. / Google / Sep 20, 2019
"This is the second procedure I had with Dr Guarino and although I live in a different state I keep coming back to him for the level of care, thoroughness and quality he puts in each and every one of his surgeries. His staff is very friendly and accommodating."- L.V. / Yelp / Jul 31, 2019
"Dr. Guarino is one of the best Surgeons/Doctors I’ve ever encountered! He is kind, patient and provides OUTSTANDING results! I was referred to him from friends and it is truly my pleasure to refer him to anyone looking for cosmetic work! I am grateful and blessed to have had him as my Surgeon!"- T.C. / Google / Jul 13, 2019
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
The average cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. However, the national average for this surgery ranges between $3,000-$5,000. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, and therefore, is not covered by insurance.
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- Average Cost
- $3,800 - $6,100
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.