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Otoplasty Ear Surgery Coming from Melbourne Australia

Hi Dr. Bermant,
well Im turning 18 on the 29th of August and I live in Australia, in Melbourne. Your Otoplasty Preliminary Package would be the best thing to start then. Well, if the operation is done under local anesthesia, what and how would I feel during the operation? Do I know whats happening and will I feel any pain ?
Thanks Dr. Bermant

Dr. Bermant responds:

Our otoplasty patients have chosen either straight local anesthesia or one with additional sedation. The sedation is administered by an anesthetist. It can get somewhat boring lying on the operating table through an extended ear surgery. In either case, my patients have expressed they were comfortable during surgery. The local anesthesia manages discomfort well but you can feel tugging and pulling. When in doubt, sedation is a nice way to have the surgery. Such issues are best explored during your remote preliminary consultation.

Michael Bermant, MD
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Otoplasty Ear Surgery Pain

Hi Dr. Bermant,
well my dream is to have normal ears like most of the people but I don't know if I should do the surgery becuase Im like really really scared but on the other side I dont know much about how all that and the operation is working. If I do it, is it better as Im awake or asleep and what's the difference anyway?! I know that lot of people do lots of different operations and some pretty complicated so than I say to myself, why should I do it... ! The ear operation isn't the most complicated operation, right? Okey and the other thing, well If I do it will I fell any pain?! Like, does it hurt ?! Well when I see all these cuts and everything it really scares me.
Anyway.. thanks
I hope to hear from you soon

Dr. Bermant responds:

Most of my adult otoplasty patients seem to prefer local anesthesia with sedation. For children, general is better. Each patient is different. Some ear deformities require complex surgery that can take some time. I can help you explore such issues during your consultation after better understanding your specific problem needing sculpture.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Travel for Dr. Bermant's Otoplasty for Protruding Ears

Dr. Bermant:

I am a 35-year old female considering otoplasty for protruding ears. Your site has been very informative and intersting to me. In particular, there is one patient (29-year old male) whose problems resemble mine considerably. I am in the Springfield, Mass. area and am wondering what kind of costs I would be looking at in order to see you for a consultation. I am assuming I would have to travel for a consultation and then return at a later date for the actual surgery. What are the usual costs for the surgery, if I needed several different procedures (such as conchal set back, pinback, etc.)? Do you have estimates on travel costs (i.e., lodging in your area)? I would greatly appreciate any information you can supply me with.

Thank you for your time,

---

Dr. Bermant responds:

It depends We offer a preliminary remote package that can start the process, but then the in office consultation is important so that I can examine the problem. My office staff can help explain current total costs, lodging, and other preliminary details. They can be reached Monday - Friday 9-5 Eastern Time.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
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Ear Protrusion From Trauma

I was recently mugged in Atlanta by two people one of whom during the scuffle pulled me by my ears. I had already been worried that I had "prominent" ears and after this incident my ears hurt for some time and I feared that the cartilage behind the ear had been streched
permenantely. Is this possible?
Cordially,
---

Dr. Bermant responds:

Unlikely, but I cannot comment without an examination. If you are interested, please call my office to set up a consultation.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Bigger Ears

Do streching and pulling the ears harshly make them more prominent or bigger over time? At any age.

Thanks in advance

Dr. Bermant responds:

Earlobes can stretch with heavy earrings. I know of no studies that have analyzed that issue.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Dear Dr. Bermant,
First of all, I would like to say that I found your website to be very thorough and informative. In fact, your website seems to have the most complete information that I have been able to find. I do have a question for you, though. I'm 23 yrs. old, and considering an otoplasty. My ears aren't "big" mind you, but I do have an overdeveloped concha which makes them seem to stick out, especially when my hair is cut short. Here is my dilemma. I have been losing my hair little by little for a while now, and while I have plenty left, I have always said that once its gets to bad, I will just shave my head. Would an otoplasty cause any visual scarring to the naked eye, especially with my head shaved? I saw one of your patients who had this same problem, did he care about the scar? I know that scarring isn't such a big deal with this surgery, but most people have ample hair to cover their ears for awhile nonetheless. Honestly, if it can't be done to my satisfaction, I would rather not do anything, than have a scar everyone can see on the back of my head. How long does it take for the scar to heal/disappear? Will it ever disappear? Another problem is that while your website and credentials look outstanding, I live in Memphis, Tennessee which is quite far away. I know it's not a life threatening problem or anything, I just would like to have "everything in the right place", especially if I'm going to shave my head. Thank you very much for your time and I appreciate your response.
Sincerely,
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Dr. Bermant responds:

In a typical otoplasty, the main incision is behind the ear. In adult cases there is may be a second incision under the upper rim. I need to see the nature of the deformity to provide appropriate advice about risks of this operation. The extent of the scars depends on what needs to be done. My patients have not complained to me about scars from otoplasty and I have done this surgery for many years. A more specific discussion would be part of the education for our patients during their consultations.

Choosing your surgeon can be important. I built my website so my patients can feel comfortable with what we offer before traveling to Richmond. We see patients from around the world. I would recommend starting with a remote package.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Big Ears that Stick Out

Hi, thank you for taking the time to read this letter. My whole family has always had big ears which kind of stick out. I don't really say anything about it to anyone because I feel that it might be kind of mean to my family members if I say anything because they also have big ears, and it might make them feel bad. But I would really like to know if there is a way to shrink my ears or make them not stick out so far without surgury............I would really appriciate it if you could get back with me as soon as you can.
Thank You

Dr. Bermant responds:

I am sorry, but do not know of nonsurgical solutions for ear pinback. Covering them with hair or clothing works for some. My patients have told me that my otoplasty surgical sculpture was a much easier option.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Malaysia - One Ear Sticks Out - Uneven Ear Question

Dear Dr. Bermant,
I'm browsing the web site for ear surgery. I'm glad to visit your web side. Sincerely, I want surgery only on my left ear. My left ear can look unusual. I always use my hair style to hides ear asymmetry. May I know one sided set back operation can be done ???? How much the entire surgery, medical fees & accomodation??? how long it takes to recover. Although I'm Malaysian but i willing to come over to your country & i'm confidance for your professional. Maybe I will facing difficulty to come over but i willing to try. Do you have patient from others country ?? Normally how they do it, kindly advise. I really need your consultation. Is there any side effect after surgery ??? The otoplasty ear surgery can lasting for how long ??? I would like to say sorry because I'm curious & scare too. After surgery my ear can function or work like normal ??? (since i'm age 10 i never let other people see my left ear. Always use hair to hides my left ear. i really hope that, i can comb my hair & put it behind. I'm appreciating your advice & consultation. Kindly reply.
Age : 24
Citizenship : Malaysian

Dr. Bermant responds:

Yes, one sided otoplasty surgery is an option when the deformity is only on one side as you can see on the several such patients I have posted to this site. (Check the links below.)

Beyond the extensive introduction you can find on this website, we help our patients further explore risks, benefits, and alternate methods of care during their consultations with us.

We do see patients from around the world and try to plan a package ahead to minimize possible disappointments. Preliminary evaluations include information about your problem and medical information, and photographs. These evaluations include information about your problem, medical information, and photographs. There is a fee for my analysis and discussion.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Otoplasty from Ireland Traveling to Dr. Bermant

Dear Dr Bermant.
I am enquiring about your otoplasty procedure which i am considering. I would like correction to my left ear. Please advise on the procedure, the after affects, any scars and the rehabiliation period. Also I am from ireland and would be travelling over to the USA. Is there any difficulty in this regard. What is the time frame involved for me, if I travel over, from an appointment consultation to the surgery. I would like to travel over soon, maybe in the next two weeks. Thanking you in adavnce and looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards.

Dr. Bermant responds:

You can find an introduction to otoplasty surgery here on my website. We continue that education for our patients during their consultations. For our patients who travel great distances, we recommend starting with a preliminary remote package and then seeing us in Richmond Virginia before surgery. After some preliminary discussion in certain cases, we are able to reserve a tentative surgical date so that the operation can shortly follow their in person consultation during the same visit. Stay in Richmond can be very inexpensive. Call our office staff during normal office hours (Monday - Friday 9-5 Eastern Time) to check our availability.

I need to see the nature of the deformity to provide appropriate advice about risks of this operation. After surgery a special bulky dressing protects the ears for the first few days after surgery. Outer sutures are removed after 6 to 8 days after surgery. The ears need some protection after surgery until the cartilage heal enough to tolerate activity.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Traveling from San Jose, California for Dr. Bermant's Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Hi, I saw your website and I have to tell you it has, by far, the MOST info about otoplasty, a procedure I have been considering since I was a child. If I lived in Virginia, I would *definitely* come to your clinic. Unfortunately, I live in San Jose, CA. Do you know anyone out here that you would recommend? Most surgeons seem to know very little about this procedure. I attached a recent pic of me so you can see what you think.

Thanks again for having a great site!
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Dr. Bermant responds:

Thank you for your comments about my otoplasty ear sculpture. Choosing your surgeon can be very important. I know it may seem like a great distance to travel, but others have come from further away. My website is an introduction to what we offer here in Richmond. Many of my patients have told me it helped them become comfortable with what we offer and helped them in their decision to come to us. You may find travel to and stay in Virginia less expensive than you thought. Call our office to learn more about what we offer.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Travel from the Washington, DC region for Dr. Bermant's Constricted Otoplasty Ear Surgery

Dear Dr. Bermant,

I am a 39 year old man who has constricted ears and is very interested in having the problem corrected. It appears, based on the descriptions you use on your website, that the problem affects the helix and scapha on the left ear and just the helix on the right ear. I realized that without examining me, you cannot tell how much the procedure would cost, but could provide me with the cost range to correct this problem? How long would I be required to wear the headband, and is it something that would have to be worn during the day? In addition, I live in the Washington, DC area, and would like to know if it would possible to drive back home the day of the procedure or would I have to wait until the next day? And does local anesthesia mean I would be fully awake during the procedure? I would appreciate it greatly if you would provide me with answers to these questions.

Dr. Bermant responds:

A constricted ear deformity is a little more complex than standard otoplasty. Please call my office during normal hours. My office manager will be glad to give you approximate prices for our surgeon's fee, operating room, and anesthetists costs.

Care after surgery such as the headband depends on what reconstruction is needed. I can better help you understand such issues during your consultation. We prefer our patients from the Washington DC area who need sedation or general anesthesia to stay in Richmond the night of surgery. Lodging is very inexpensive. My office can help explain some of this preliminary information.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Travel from Oklahoma for Dr. Bermant's Otoplasty Ear Surgery

I'm curious about the ear pinback surgery. I'm very impressed with your website. It's informative and makes me want to get some cosmetic surgery!

I'm a 20 year old college student from Oklahoma and my ears stick out from my head. There are no deformations or whatever, just the "dumbo" syndrome. It hasn't been that hard with the teasing and my friends hardly say anything, but I'm concerned about first impressions and such. I would like to set up a consultation. How much is a consultation? and is the surgery price for both ears?

In about a month and a half, I'm going to be doing intense activity outside in the heat for 3 months straight. Will I be able to be worked in with enough time to heal if I decide to get the surgery, before I begin my summer?

Thank you very much

Dr. Bermant responds:

Consultation fees vary depending on the complexity of the problem. My office staff will be glad to give you prices if you call during our normal hours of 9-5 Eastern Time Monday - Friday. Healing time after surgery depend on the problem being treated, surgery performed, and how you heal. For an average case, active work at about 1 month is often reasonable. You will need to call the office to check on our availability.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Attached Earlobe Release Ear Surgery

Dear Dr. Bermant,

I know that no specific's can be reached via email. Please allow me to explain my condition in less-than-medical terms. I was born with a congenital defect of the left ear.

My left ear at the Helix is attached to my scalp. I had a consultation many years ago and the doctor told me that the ear was intact and whole, it just needed to be "released" from the scalp, and possibly some minor reshaping of the Helix area. I am now 23 years old and have lived with this all of my life, and has never really bothered me. Now later in life I am realizing that to further social and professional development, it would be in my best interest to have the surgery (as numbers do not lie). If you could possibly give me some feedback in terms of what this type of surgery might cost. And any options that you feel I might have as far as insurance, etc. Again I know it is impossible to estimate by email, but any insight would be a starting point for me.

Thank you very much for your time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bermant responds:

There are many types of ear deformities and surgical options depending on the problem. Usually the deformity is corrected under local anesthesia. Since there are so many different types of ear deformities, I would need to better understand your specific problem before commenting on surgery or prices. A preliminary package is one way to start the process before traveling to Virginia.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Ear Rim Deformity

Hi my name is ---, i'm 16 years old and i have a problem with my left ear. I can't really describe it but i'll try, The curve in the outer rim of my ear sort of goes the wrong way(towards my head instead of out). This makes it look like i have no curve at all. I'm mailing you to see if you understand and to ask if surgery is possible. Hope you understood. Note my right ear is fine I think. Thanks

Dr. Bermant responds:

You are right, descriptions of ear deformities are difficult and not the best way to explore your options. At your age you need to discuss your concerns with your parents. If they are interested, a consultation permits me to examine the problem and propose possible options.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

Shaving Head with Protruding Ears - Otoplasty Options

Hi,

I'm a 21-year old who is going through the process of MPB, and have, for the first time, been forced to shave my head. It wouldn't look too bad if my ears didn't stick out so much.

Both ears stick out from the head at the point where they are attached at the top ('Bat Ears' I believe it's called), and I know this would require ear pinning surgery, which is out of my price range at the moment.

However, I have another problem. The actual shape of my right ear is deformed in that the upper-fold of it sticks out half a centimetre more than it does on my left. So basically my question is whether there's a 'Van Gogh' process avialable, where the upper ear fold is simply cut into shape. I'd imagine such an operation would be very cheap, and would only require local anesphetic (I was never going to spell that right...ever...).

The thing is, I can't find any information on the web about such a operation, which is weird, since anyone could do it with a bottle of rum and a pair of scissors...

Thanks in advance,

S

Dr. Bermant responds:

Otoplasty ear surgery and Ear Reduction Surgery are not something you should attempt on your own. Self surgery has a high chance of complications that can result in permanent deformity, loss of ear, scars, unnatural shapes, and a problem that looks worse than with which you started.

Michael Bermant, MD
Board Certified
American Board of Plastic Surgery

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