Procedures

Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty) New York

Ear ReshapingMost people who think their ears are too big have the wrong idea. The problem usually isn't that their ears are too big, but just that they stick out too much. In most cases, reshaping and repositioning them closer to the head solves the problem completely.

And it is a problem. Especially for children. Ears that overly protrude make kids a target for teasing, jokes and derogatory nicknames.

That's why the sooner in life this problem is addressed the better. This procedure can be done as early as age four or five in children (before school starts) and, of course, at any time for adults.

We perform most of our otoplasty procedures at our accredited New York plastic surgery facility, but for your convenience, your initial ear surgery consultation and after care appointments can be scheduled at our Connecticut cosmetic surgery facility. We perform this procedure on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia with sedation. It takes approximately one hour. A well-concealed incision is placed behind the ear. Through this approach, the cartilage is reshaped and sometimes excess cartilage removed.

Reshaping with permanent sutures gives the ears a better contour and realigns them closer to the head in a more pleasing position. These incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches. Then the ears are covered with a dressing that will remain in place for about five days.

Post-operative discomfort is minimal and easily controlled with prescribed medications. Patients who have this procedure are usually up and around the same or next day, and return to work or school within a week. It is necessary to protect the ears during sleep hours with a headband for a few weeks after surgery.

This procedure offers dramatic and immediate results that will last a lifetime. It's a great example of the important psychological benefits that often accompany plastic surgery. Many people often combine this surgery with rhinoplasty in New York City for enhanced facial balance.

If you think you are a candidate for ear surgery or ear reshaping, Dr. Erlich at Profiles & Contours invites you to request a consultation or call 212.861.4100 today to schedule an appointment today. You can meet with Dr.Erlich at our Connecticut cosmetic surgery center or in New York City to discuss your surgical expectations and otoplasty questions.

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