An incision (which will leave a well-hidden scar) is required for most cases of severe setback. Correction of a lack of antihelical fold can be done via an incision-less suture technique adopted by M.R. Khalifeh.
The cost of an otoplasty ranges from $5,000 - $6,500 for adult cases done under local anesthesia. Pediatric cases done in hospital will run an additional $3,000 for hospital fees.
You will need three days off of work, and you should be careful about touching your ear for two weeks postoperatively. A nighttime ear protector can be worn during those few weeks.
Protruding ears are congenital defects, meaning that an individual is born with the trait. Sometimes the issue is unilateral (one side only), and other times both ears are affected. The procedure would be called a set-back-otoplasty when done for that condition. Other ear conditions requiring reshaping otoplasty, such as cauliflower ear, can be acquired from repeated trauma such as in wrestling.
M.R. Khalifeh is one of the few Washington DC area Otoplasty Plastic Surgeons who is double board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has over 12 years of experience performing otoplasty surgery. Our discussion starts with a complimentary consultation that can be scheduled below.