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Otoplasty Pin-Back Surgery of the Ears

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Five Month Old Child with Ears that Stick Out

I have a beautiful five month old child whose ears stick out horribly. One ears sticks out a considerable amount more than the other ear. I currently put fitted hats on her at all times in the hopes that her ears will pull back somewhat. I have researched otoplasty extensively because I know this procedure is inevitable if my daughter is to not be ridiculed by her peers. I was wondering what the absolute earliest age this surgery can be performed would be. I would appreciate it if you could email me this information or inform me of any non-surgical practices I could do for the time being to help my little princess out. Thank you for your time I would really appreciate your advice.

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many types of ear deformities and surgical options depending on the problem. It depends on the age and the problem. Some very young patients in their first few weeks of life may benefit from temporary splinting - a non surgical technique that tries to mold the cartilage during the first few weeks - months of life.

In most cases we wait until the child's ear has grown to larger size but do the surgery before major social interaction. We encourage consultation EARLY to explore the various issues and often see children shortly after birth for possible splinting.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

When Can I Schedule My Otoplasty and How Much Will it Cost

Hello

I was just wondering is there any kind of waiting list i have to go on before i under go the surgery or can i be treated a.s.a.p? And how much does it cost?

If you could please answer these questions it would be
much appreciated.

Thankyou

Dr. Bermant responds:

An introduction to the cost for otoplasty surgery can be found on my web site. However, the price depends on the surgery needed. You can learn more information about prices and our availability by calling my office during regular hours M-F 9-5 Eastern Time.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Surgery and Ear Piercings

I'm thinking of having the otoplasty surgery, and I was wondering if you have to take out all your piercings. I have 2 cartilige piercings and my lobes pierced. Would I have to take the cartilige ones out? Thanks.

Dr. Bermant responds:

Ear piercing holes may or may not remain after otoplasty surgery, it depends on the location and deformity being sculpted. Such issues are best explored during an in office consultation.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

California Otoplasty and Travel to Dr. Bermant

Dear Dr. Bermant:
I was browsing through your internet and came across your webpage. I am seriously considering otoplasty. Of all the sites that I have visited thus far, yours is the most educational, professional, and user-friendly.

I live in California and am a medical student in Southern California (near Los Angeles). If I lived near Virgina I would definitely have the procedure done at your office. However, since you are quite a ways from California, I was hoping if you could refer me to a couple or a few Plastic Surgeons that you know of in California that you feel can do just as good a job in otoplasty as you. Thank you for your time and help.
Sincerely ---

Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for your kind words about my otoplasty ear sculpture. Choosing your surgeon is important. I built my site so patients can become comfortable with what we offer before coming to Virginia for our help. We see patients from around the world. Our patients traveling great distances tell us access to Richmond is easy and convenient. You may want to try starting with our preliminary remote package. Planning air transport ahead and staying in Richmond for your initial care can be very reasonable. If interested, call my office for detail about some of the local arrangements patients have available while treating with us.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

One Ear Different from Other

Dr.Bermant,
One of my ears looks different than the other and I would like to know how this problem is solved. It is only the left upper half of the ear that is the problem. How can you make the left upper half look like the right upper half? Would you just look at it and take a guess,or is there a more accurate way of getting the ears to match? Say for instance taking measurements? I want to know how accurate the end result can possibly be. Please don't give me a vague bullshit answer like alot of other plastic surgeons would do. I want as much information that you can give me about mismatched ears. I have looked at your web site many times and I think you seem to be good with ears. I am thinking of coming in to see you but I want to see how you respond to this mail first. Please just tell me all you can. Remember to answer the question instead of trying to go around it. I hate people like that. Hopefully your not like that. If you are going to give me a vague answer dont bother replying to this e-mail. Be as honest and straight forward as you can,I can't stress that enough. Please get back to me before I go insane. I hate looking this way. Sorry if I said too much.

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many possible ear deformities and specific surgical sculpture choices are best explored after an examination and evaluation. Sorry, a more specific answer is not reasonable without better understanding the problem. It is like asking how do I fix my broken car without more details. If you want to better understand your options, please call to set up an evaluation. The Internet may be a reasonable way to start, but does not replace examination and personal interaction possible during a consultation.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Three Month Old with Dumbo Ears

Dear Dr. Bermant
I have a 3 month old baby and his ears look just like dumbo"s. they are big, and they are sticking out.I have them like that too, and I don't want my baby to go thru what I had to go thru since I was small.I want to know if you could do something now .I don't want to wait till he's 4-5years old. Is there something you could do now even do his ears are still going to be growing? and maybe have another surgery a few years later when they have grown more.

What I don't want is my little baby boy to go thru so many teasing like I did. thank you

Dr. Bermant responds:

In most cases we wait until the child's ear has grown to larger size but perform the surgery before major social interaction. We encourage consultation EARLY to explore the various issues and often see children shortly after birth for possible splinting. Surgery before the age of about 5 means working on ears that have not grown to their normal size and increased difficulty with aftercare for someone who is unable to cooperate after surgery.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Boxing After Otoplasty

lets say that i get this surgery, I love to box. Will i still be able to box if i get this surgery???

Dr. Bermant responds:

Excessive trauma can damage ears with or without otoplasty ear surgery. Such questions are best explored during your consultation. If interested please call to set up an appointment.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Earlobe Reduction Otoplasty

I would like to know if there is procedure that could reduce earlobe size.

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many types of earlobe reduction operations. The most common solution involves local anesthesia and removal of a central wedge of tissue and reshaping the lobes to match as close as possible. Sutures are usually removed at about 6 to 8 days. The wounds take a while to strengthen but most activity can be resumed right after surgery.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Stretched Earlobe Surgery

Dear Doctor:
I am a college student, and I am trying to find out more information on a certain reconstructive surgery. I have always worn heavy earrings as a little girl, and as a result my ear lobes have stretched. When I wear certain earrings now you can almost see through my holes. I was wondering what surgery I could get done in order to correct my problem. I would like to evenly get my hears pierced again. I would appreciate any advice you could give me on this procedure, where I could go to get this done, and how much this procedure would cost. Thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
---a

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many types of earlobe reconstruction operations. The most common solution involves local anesthesia and repair of torn earring deformities. Stretched earlobes can also be sculpted. Since the variety of possible deformities is so great, each deformity needs to be evaluated before I can comment about the price. We offer such reconstruction when appropriate.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Double Earlobe Surgery

Dear Dr. Bermant,
I was doing some investigative work on the Internet and my information search led me to your web site. I am a 43 year old female who was born with a double ear lobe on my right ear. My left ear is just fine. I have lived with the ear lobe, which is pierced for earnings. Recently I have been thinking of have my ear lobe fixed so that is becomes normal. That way I can wear nicer earrings and not have to worry about having my hair always hide my one "abnormal" ear. I see by looking at your web site that you are located in Virginia. I reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Do you have any recommendation s about plastic surgery on my one ear with the two lobes? Also, any idea of a good doctor in my geographic area that would do this type of surgery? When I read about your information on ear lobe reconstruction, I began to get excited thinking that perhaps this could be a possibility. Also I seems as though it might not be a long drawn out surgery involving a hospital stay. Perhaps this could be done in a doctor's office. I have thought long about having this procedure done. I've felt self conscience about the one "funky" ear even though I know it is a family trait passed on down through the generations. I only wear one pair of earnings that does not make the one ear look any worse than it does. I would like to find out more about a surgical procedure to rid me of this problem.

If you would be so kind to reply to my email, I would be most grateful. Thank you for taking time to read my letter, and thanks for creating your web site - I now see a ray of light knowing that there maybe a doctor who could help me out.
Thanks again, and take care.
...
Franklin, Wisconsin

Dr. Bermant responds:

A congenital earlobe deformity often has surgical sculpture options. I would need to evaluate the problem to offer recommendations about possible solutions, but you are right. A split earlobe can have similar issues. It depends on if tissue is missing. In most cases this is done under local anesthesia and normally does not require a hospital stay.

We offer such reconstruction here in Richmond. For our patients who travel from Wisconsin, I recommend starting with our remote preliminary package. That way tentative surgery can often be reserved as part of your trip to Virginia. Travel and lodging here is very reasonable.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Earlobe Crease Surgery

can ear lobe crease in males be corrected and if so what is the cost and general results

Dr. Bermant responds:

The earlobe can fold from many factors. It depends on what is causing the crease. Often there is a surgical solution, but I would have to examine the problem before commenting on options and possible prices.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Spock Ear Deformity Surgery From Westchester New York

Hi,
My name is ---..I am from Westchester Ny and am 19 yrs of age..I was born with the "spock" deforminty on my right ear..It has affected my life greatly because i always have been self conscious about it..I was looking over your web site and saw some pictures of your patients..Its the one of the 29 yr old male and its the third picture down the row...thats my case and it might be alittle more pointed...I am new at this and i am just starting out to check out some of my options...Can you give me some insight? My left ear is almost perfect but the main thing that i dont like is how my face looks crooked my left to right because of my ear..especially on camera...please help!

Dr. Bermant responds:

A pointed helix (Spock's ear) can be seen with many possible ear problems. Options for correction depend on the deformity and what else may be wrong. Some aspects of the problem can be seen on the constricted ear pages of Bermant Plastic Surgery. If you are looking for more insight than the introduction of my website, please call and set up a consultation. That is where we help our patients explore such issues.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty from London England - Traveling to Virginia

Hi
I just came accross you page on the internet about the ear surgery. I found it very helpful and informative. Last year i had plans to get surgery on my ears but pulled out because i decided i didn't think they could do what i wanted. Im quite sure they just do a surgery on your ears that the same for everyone where they pin them back. Now comming along to your webpage ive decided i'd still like to get the operation but done properly. My only problem is im from London, England i would just like to know if you have any comments or suggestions on my situation.
thanks alot

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many possible otoplasty ear operations. I try to design a sculpture for each specific patient after analysis. Our patients from abroad have told us that our preliminary remote package helped in their final decision to come to Richmond Virginia for their surgery.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Pig Ear Deformity Surgery

Hi,
I have gone to your webpage and wanted to know more about my own condition. You see, I was born with my left ear begin pointed out almost like the ears of a pig while my right ear is normal. I have been very upset about it and I felt extremely terrible.. Is there any way to shape my left ear to become the same as my right ear? Is there surgery of this form? How much would it cause? I guess that's all , thank you and goodbye
Yours sincerely

Dr. Bermant responds:

Pointed ear deformity, Spock Ear, Satyr Ear are among a family of rim deformities that have surgical options. Since there are so many possibilities, I recommend an evaluation before discussion about possible specific options. You can start here, but the office consultation permits me to individualize your education of your specific problem. Cost of surgery depends on the complexity of the reconstruction.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

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