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Please contact our office at 256-571-VIPS (8477) and any of our team members will be happy to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
If your ear concerns are considered cosmetic, than there is a $100 consultation fee that is applied toward the total cost of your procedure. If your ear concerns are reconstructive, than your insurance carrier will be billed and you will be responsible for any co-pay your policy requires.
Dr. Vinyard values the time spent in consultation with each patient and the communication that occurs during your visit here. You can expect that he will spend quite a bit of time with you himself. Initially, you will be greeted with a smile by our receptionist who will offer you the beverage of your choice and provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete. You can now enter your own demographic information and medical health history at the convenience of your own home through our state-of-the-art SAFE Internet-based Patient Portal on our website.Then, you will be escorted upstairs to our new patient floor and into a consultation room. Once there, you will be oriented about your visit with us and escorted to the professional photography suite. There, you will have 2-D photos taken. Next, our nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin the consultation which will consist of a facial analysis and conversation about the size and shape of your ears, a physical exam, and commence with a detailed discussion of your options. Lastly, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your otoplasty quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together.
Please allow for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours for your ear surgery consultation with Dr. Vinyard. This is a vital part of your journey with us and can be considered time that you are dedicating to yourself.
Surgery on the ears can be performed at either Marshall Medical Center North Hospital near Arab, Alabama, or Marshall Medical Center South Hospital in Boaz, Alabama or in our state of the art surgical suite in our office in Guntersville, Alabama. The location will be determined by your desires. However, only cosmetic procedures will be performed at our Cosmetic Surgery Center in Guntersville, Alabama.
Depending upon the complexity of the surgical treatment required to correct your ear deformity, you may require local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Depending upon the surgical approach required to correct your specific concerns about your ears, your surgery can take from 3o minutes to 3 ½ hours to complete.
Generally, you may combine an otoplasty (ear surgery) with another procedure. Most commonly in the case of enlarged, droopy earlobes requiring a reduction, many patients are also interested in combining it with facial rejuvenation procedures such as a face lift.
Yes. Most ear surgeries (otoplasty) are considered outpatient and you will be able to go home the same day as your procedure. However, significant ear reconstructions may require a brief hospitalization.
You will stay in your home the night of the procedure, unless you have combined otoplasty with one of the other procedures that requires an overnight stay in a local hotel with our Plastic Surgery Sitter or one of the Marshall Medical Center hospitals. Significant ear reconstructions may require a brief hospitalization.
This depends upon which type of procedure that you have. A split ear lobe repair will allow you to return to work the next day and resume all activities in about 2 weeks. A correction of prominent ears, will require approximately 5-7 days before you return to work or school and you will be required to wear ear protectors (usually children) so that there is diminished chances of an injury to the newly repaired ear. Dr. Vinyard will be able to advise you on a case by case basis of your anticipated recovery time.
Bruising after ear surgery (otoplasty) is usually minimal and should be completely diminished in approximately 10-14 days.
The majority of the swelling after ear surgery (otoplasty) is gone within 2 weeks, however some swelling in the tissues could persist up to 6 weeks. This is usually only perceived by you as you are studying your ears much more closely than others. We take your first official "after" photos at 3 months.
It depends on the type of ear surgery you have. You will see immediate changes in the appearance of your ears after correction of prominent ears, cupped ears, split earlobes and most ear resconstructions. Once the swelling is almost all gone at 4 weeks, you will be very close to your final result.
Even a small amount of bleeding around ear cartilage can be detrimental to the final result. Therefore, Dr. Vinyard wants to keep a close eye on your recovery. You will follow-up with him the following day and at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and one year. In some cases if the procedure is more involved such as the correction of prominent ears or earlobe reduction in conjunction with facial rejuvenation, then he will also want to see you the day after your procedure due to the nature of the other procedures performed.
There are varied concerns that patients have regarding their ears. The cost of your procedure is dependent upon what Dr. Vinyard recommends during your consultation. You will be provided with a detailed written quote while you are here with us in the office. If your ears require reconstruction, it is possible that your insurance carrier will cover this procedure depending on your individual insurance policy.
The cost of your ear surgery (otoplasty) covers Dr. Vinyards' professional fee, facility and anesthesia fees (if applicable), your initial consultation and all pre and post-operative visits for cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is covered by insurance, you will also be responsible for any copays that your insurance policy determines.
Since the majority of surgical treatments for the ear are considered cosmetic, the total cost of your procedure is due 2 weeks prior to surgery with the first 50% being due 1 month prior. If your procedure is covered by your insurance carrier, you will be responsible for any copays determined by your insurance policy.
Since the majority of surgical treatments for the ear are considered cosmetic, your insurance will not cover the cost of those surgeries. However, some ear reconstructive surgeries are covered by some insurance carriers. Dr. Vinyard's staff help you to determine if your ear surgery is covered under your insurance policy.
Yes. Our office participates with the CareCredit program. In addition, seeking advice from your local bank may also be an option for you. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. However, we do not directly finance procedure for our patients.