Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping)

Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Otoplasty (also known as ear reshaping or ear pinning) is perfect for patients of all ages struggling with protruding, or oversized, ears. Larger, or “outstanding,” ears may cause children and adults to become very self-conscious about their facial appearance. Larger ears may attract unwanted attention or distract from the natural beauty of one’s face. At New York’s Facial,  Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser Surgery , our elite team of Board-certified surgeons pin back or reshape the ears for an attractive look, always keeping a patient’s long-term hearing mind.

Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping?
Healthy men, women, and children who are seeking improvement to the appearance of their ears are excellent candidates for ear reshaping, or otoplasty. Surgery may be performed on any patient over the age of 4. Ideal patients are in good overall health and have realistic expectations of what this surgery can accomplish. We always place patient safety first and carefully screen patients to determine their candidacy. Your surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment to reduce the risk of complications while delivering the best aesthetic results.

 

What is the Recovery like from Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping?
Otoplasty, or Ear Reshaping, may be performed with moderate sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and age. When performed on very young children ear reconstruction may be carried out in a hospital setting. For those patients who need a small correction, treatment may be performed at one of our office locations under local anesthesia.

Our facial, plastic and reconstructive surgeons are experienced in a wide array of state-of-the art ear reshaping and reconstruction techniques. During otoplasty surgery, a small incision is made on the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is repositioned closer to the head in a more appealing position. Any excess cartilage is removed. Scarring is minimal and the sutures are securely hidden underneath the skin.

For reconstructive ear surgery, one of several state-of-the-art techniques will be used depending on the degree of correction and invasiveness needed. Our Board-certified surgeons have vast experience in reconstructing ear defects resulting from trauma, congenital hypoplasia (microtia), cancer or overly large ears. We reconstruct a cosmetically appealing ear while always maintaining hearing function. Your surgeon will spend time evaluating your case, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the best course of action with you during your appointment.

Ear reshaping is performed on an outpatient basis. Most patients return home a few hours after surgery. After the procedure, the ears will be bandaged securely to facilitate healing and minimize swelling. Length of recovery time depends on the complexity of the procedure and varies from patient to patient. Mild discomfort, bruising, or swelling lasts 7 to 10 days. Most patients are able to return to work, school, or other daily activities within about one week. Avoidance of contact sports is recommended for about one month after surgery. Our experienced surgeons reduce bruising and recovery time with the application of state-of-art techniques and the use of homeopathic or herbal options. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.

Those patients considering otoplasty, or ear reshaping, should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. Our doctors are Board-certified, with extensive knowledge to deliver the best cosmetic results while safeguarding proper hearing function.

To schedule a private consultation with the Hudson Valley, Westchester County and the Tri-State Area’s best otoplasty surgeons, please contact our Concierge Patient Coordinators at (845) 454-8025 or email us at info@NYfaceMD.com


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