An otoplasty, ear surgery, is a procedure designed to reshape the ear(s) to a more pleasing form or position. With regard to overly prominent ears, the procedure is designed to lessen the projection of the ear. It may even help restore the natural curves in the ear.
REASONS for Ear Surgery
Excessively prominent ears may lead to teasing, bullying and poor self esteem. Fortunately, surgery can help with this.Ear surgery may be performed on children as young as 5 or 6 years of age because the ears have attained a near-mature size. Thus there is less concern that surgery will negatively affect the growth of the ear.
And prominent ears are not the only reason for ear surgery. There are various conditions whereby ears may be damaged by injury or affected by abnormal development. Many of these differences can be corrected surgically. If protruding or disﬁgured ears bother you or your child, you may want to consider an otoplasty
Ear surgery makes the ear look natural, bringing it into balance and proportion with the rest of the face. Correction of ear deformities can result in profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem.
You may wish to consider an otoplasty if:
- Your ears “stick out” too much.
- Your ear doesn’t fold properly or folds over too much (lop ear).
- Your son or daughter has been teased because of prominent ears.
- There is another ear deformity and correction is desired.
- Your child is at least 5-6 years old and is cooperative, able to follow instructions.
- You are a non-smoker.
ABOUT Ear Surgery
- An otoplasty may be performed under local anesthesia in our office setting if the patient is of sufficient age and other conditions are met. Most often, for children, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a surgery center or outpatient hospital setting.
- There may be incisions in front of the ear, within the concha (“bowl”). In addition, there is usually an incision behind the ear as well.
- Excess cartilage may be removed, allowing some areas to be reduced in size. Sutures are often used to repair cartilage and in other instances, reshape cartilage that lacks the usual folding pattern.
- A bilateral otoplasty usually takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the complexity.
- A bandage is usually wrapped around the head, helping to keep the ears properly positioned. That bandage usually remains in place for 2-3 days.
- After the first office visit, patients usually wear an “athletic headband” or something similar to gently protect and support the ears.
- Most of the sutures self-dissolve.
- Oral medication can be used if needed for any discomfort. This procedure is often well tolerated even in young children.
Ear surgery offers immediate results for both protruding ears as well as other ear deformities. As with any procedure, there is usually some localized swelling that diminishes over the first week. The scars typically heal nicely and are very difficult to notice.
If you or a child have prominent ears, have been teased because of your ears, of suffer from another form of ear anomaly, ear surgery can help correct those concerns. Request a consultation online or call us at (908) 654-6540 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Richard Tepper, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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