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Otoplasty, or 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. If you want to have the appearance of your ears corrected, consider an otoplasty in NYC.

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.

Otoplasty may be performed for augmentation, reduction, or pinning. Augmentation is done if you have small ears or ones that have not fully developed, requiring an increase in size. Reduction corrects macrotia (overly large ears) by reducing the ears’ size. Pinning draws the ears closer to the head to prevent them from sticking out.


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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
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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.

The best time to have an otoplasty is during childhood, when the ears’ cartilage can still be molded. The cartilage is still pliable at this stage, allowing for easier shaping. The cosmetic benefit can also help the child psychologically by preventing ridicule from others during childhood.

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
  • Non-smokers
  • 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.

At the consultation, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the procedure and factors like its associated costs. It will help if you write down questions before seeing the doctor. It is important to fully understand this surgery before the day of the procedure.

Otoplasty will not change your hearing ability. Its effects will be limited to changes in the ears’ physical appearance, particularly in their shape and size in proportion to your head and face.

Results and Recovery

After the surgery, your head will be wrapped in a thick bandage to help maintain the ears’ new position and facilitate healing. You will need to return to our office after a few days to get a lighter bandage and learn how to manage it to avoid complications. Make sure you do not bend your ears in any way for at least a month.

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.

The Cost of Otoplasty

Otoplasty is not covered by insurance because it is classified as a cosmetic procedure, so you need to take this into account when considering the cost of the surgery. The price of ear surgery may be affected by the cost of the anesthesia used, along with the various techniques utilized and total surgical time.

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Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a consultation regarding otoplasty in NYC, 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.

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