Ear Surgery in Biloxi, MS
Dr. Miller and Apogee Plastic Surgery offer ear surgery to the residents of Biloxi, Pascagoula, and the surrounding Mississippi communities.
What Is Ear Surgery?
Protruding, overly large, or abnormally shaped ears can be a source of embarrassment for children and adults alike. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, offers a way to gain confidence by reducing or reshaping your ears or manipulating them to lie closer to the head. Ear surgery can involve a combination of moving, reshaping, adding, or removing elements of the ear’s structure.
If you are seeking a highly qualified and experienced surgeon in the field of ear surgery, then Dr. John H. Miller is the physician for you. He and his staff at Apogee Plastic Surgery offer the best care and results. We are pleased to welcome ear surgery patients from throughout the Biloxi area, including Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, and Ocean Springs.
How Is an Ear Surgery Performed?
Most ear surgeries take about two hours to perform. General anesthesia is normally recommended for young patients, and local anesthesia alone or combined with a mild sedative is typically administered to older children and adults.
The particular technique Dr. Miller recommends will depend on the nature of the problem. If you have protruding ears, incisions are normally made behind the ears, concealed in the natural skin crease. The cartilage is reshaped to the desired contour, and stitches are used to reposition the ears closer to the head. As for ears that are misshaped or need to be reduced in size, also known as reduction otoplasty, they require an incision on the outside surface, typically hidden near folds in the front of the ear. Skin, as well as cartilage, will often need to be removed. The incisions are closed with either dissolvable sutures or ones that will be removed by Dr. Miller after the wounds have healed.
When you meet with Dr. Miller at Apogee Plastic Surgery, he will explain the full procedure, including the different techniques involved with ear surgeries. He will listen to your concerns and wishes and then help you decide whether otoplasty is the right procedure for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?
Most people seek out ear surgeries because they are unhappy with the size, shape, or position of their ears. Children typically should be age 5 or older before undergoing the procedure, so their cartilage is stable enough for correction. There are no real upper age restrictions, as long as you are in good health. However, if you have certain medical conditions — such as high blood pressure, thyroid problems, or diabetes — they will increase your risk for complications and may preclude you from an ear surgery.
What Post-Operative Ear Surgery Care Can I Expect?
Once you have completed your ear surgery, your head will be covered with a bulky dressing. This maintains the new position of the ears, protects them, and aids the healing process. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and numbness that should subside within 10 days after the procedure. Most ear surgery patients are back to work or school in about seven to 10 days.
The staff at Apogee Plastic Surgery will make sure you are as comfortable as possible during the healing process. It is common to feel mild to moderate discomfort after ear surgery, but we will prescribe appropriate medication to help ease the discomfort.
From the start of your surgery process through recovery, Dr. Miller will keep a close eye on your progress. He will give detailed instructions on how to take care of yourself after an ear surgery, and you will have a series of follow-up appointments to monitor your recuperation. Our comprehensive and compassionate care has made a difference in the lives of men and women throughout our Biloxi community. Our services extend to outlying areas, too, including Gulfport and Pascagoula, so please set up a consultation today with Dr. Miller.
What Are the Typical Results of Ear Surgery?
If you undergo otoplasty to correct protruding ears, then you should see results almost immediately once the dressings are removed. More extensive ear surgery and reconstruction may take more time and several stages for the full effects to be noticeable. Dr. Miller can offer an anticipated timeline based on your individual case.
To have an even better idea of what to expect from the operation, inspect some ear surgery before and after photos. Although every procedure is different, these images can help you envision the possibilities. Dr. Miller has his own ear surgery before and after pictures that he can share, so be sure to ask about them during your consultation.
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost in Biloxi?
Your ear surgery is a very personalized procedure. Therefore, Dr. Miller’s staff will be happy to discuss ear surgery prices with you on an individual basis.
Apogee Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.
Dr. John H. Miller offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including: Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, MS. Contact the Dr. John H. Miller office today to schedule your Ear Surgery Consultation!