Ear surgery can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
Enhancing your appearance with ear surgery
If protruding or disﬁgured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery — also known as otoplasty — can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.
Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem.
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Specifically ear surgery can treat:
- Overly large ears — a rare condition called macrotia
- Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees — not associated with hearing loss
- Adult dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery
Is it right for me?
Ear surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulﬁll someone else’s desires or to try to ﬁt any sort of ideal image.
Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are:
- Healthy, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
- Generally 5 years old, or when a child’s ear cartilage is stable enough for correction
- Cooperative and follow instructions well
- Able to communicate their feelings and do not voice objections when surgery is discussed
Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery
What Does the Procedure Involve?
The first step in the procedure is the administration of anesthesia. The next step involves making incisions either on the back of the ears or within the ear’s inner creases. Excess skin and cartilage are then removed once the incisions are made and folded into position, secured by internal stitches. The specific technique used will depend on where the incisions have been made. You can expect the full procedure to take up to 2 hours to complete. Great care is taken to ensure that the results of the surgery appear as natural as possible.
How Can You Prepare for Otoplasty?
Your medical history will be reviewed and a physical examination of your ears will be carried out, following which you can discuss your expectations and desired results with our surgeon. You’ll be given all the details about the procedure and informed of its risks. You’ll also need to stop taking certain medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements, and aspirin, as these can cause excessive bleeding.
Results and Recovery
Some discomfort and itching are normal following your surgery and pain medication can help to keep this under control. It’s imperative that the bandages remain intact following the procedure and you should avoid putting pressure on your ears during this time. Avoid sleeping on your side during the first few weeks of your recovery. A few days after your surgery, your bandages can be removed. It’s normal for some redness and swelling to remain at this point in time.
You’ll be able to see changes in the appearance of your ear as soon as the bandages are removed.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment, or call us at (718) 478-2852. Dr. Moreano is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon who is dedicated to providing all of our patients with the personalized surgical care they need and can provide you with natural-looking results from your otoplasty in NYC.