Protruding, misshapen, or disproportionate ears can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Ear surgery (otoplasty) can achieve an improved shape, size, and position of the ears for children and adults.
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Hyman provides this procedure to patients in New York City and the surrounding areas. Call 212-517-5157 to schedule your free consultation.
Ear Reshaping Benefits
Otoplasty can improve how your ears look and how they fit with your face. Common reasons for ear surgery include:
- Reducing the size of large ears
- Pinning ears that protrude on one or both sides
- Correcting unwanted results from previous ear surgery
- Reshaping disfigured ears caused by a birth defect or injury
- Improving self-esteem
Ear Surgery Candidacy
Otoplasty is available to qualified adults and children. The most common ear surgery patients are children between six and fourteen years old. To be a good candidate for this procedure, children must meet the following criteria:
- In good general health
- Over the age of five or has stable cartilage
- No unresolved chronic ear infection issues
- Good at following directions
Adults also elect to have ear surgery when they are unhappy with the shape or size of their ears. Adults who are good candidates for otoplasty are:
- In good general health
- Free of medical conditions that interfere with the body’s healing process
- Able to clearly describe their treatment goals
Ear Surgery Procedure
Dr. Hyman customizes the otoplasty procedure to fit the age and goals of the patient. Multiple techniques can be used to achieve different results. Most commonly, an incision is made on the back of the ear. Once the cartilage is exposed, it can be reshaped. If needed, a piece of cartilage may be removed. Sutures secure the new shape or position of the ears.
General anesthesia or sedation is used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Hyman will perform your otoplasty in an accredited hospital or in his accredited private ambulatory surgery facility. The surgery takes between two and three hours, on average. While most adults can go home on the same day as the surgery, children are often kept in the medical facility for observation overnight.
Ear Surgery Recovery
Dr. Hyman will provide detailed and personalized post-surgery instructions. Generally, after surgery, you will need to wear a bandage over your head and ears for a couple of days. The next phase of healing involves wearing a special headband 24 hours a day for three weeks. For the following three weeks, the headband must be worn at night. In most cases, sutures do not need to be removed.
You will need to plan to take about one week off work or school and to take general precautions to protect the incision sites from trauma. Children require special observation and care to ensure that no ear trauma is sustained. Additionally, strenuous activity should be avoided for the first three weeks after surgery.
Your results will be visible immediately after your dressings are removed. Scars are typically minimally visible as the incisions are made strategically behind the ear or in a natural crease of the ear.
Contact Us for your Free Ear Surgery Consultation in Manhattan
Call us at 212-517-5157 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Hyman. A consultation is the best way to find out if an otoplasty can accomplish your aesthetic goals. We serve patients in New York, Manhattan, and the surrounding areas.