If the size, shape, prominence, or asymmetry of your ears is causing you to feel self-conscious, otoplasty can help you address these concerns. Also known as ear surgery, this procedure can be performed on children as young as five or six—who are particularly vulnerable to taunts from peers—as well as older children, teens, and adults. Dr. Richard Zeff offers this treatment at our state-of-the-art office, and his extensive training makes it possible to achieve excellent results.
Learn more about how this facial plastic surgery procedure from our skilled cosmetic surgeon can correct overly large or prominent ears by contacting us today. We can help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Zeff and provide additional information.
Ear Surgery Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Zeff will evaluate your ears (or your child’s) and discuss your cosmetic goals. Every treatment plan is customized to suit your unique needs and aesthetic preferences. In many cases, general anesthesia will be necessary for younger children, while local anesthetic is often sufficient for older kids, teens, and adults. If the concern is primarily the prominence of the ears, the angle can often be adjusted by making a single small incision on the back of the ear, within the natural crease. Typically, a small amount of cartilage and skin will be removed and/or reshaped to modify the ear’s appearance. Another technique is to use permanent or temporary stitches to draw the ears closer to the head. A number of other approaches can be used, and Dr. Zeff will discuss which one offers the best outcome for you.
Ear Surgery Recovery
Depending on the method used to correct the shape or angle of the ears, recovery will vary from person to person. For most individuals, downtime should be minimal; however, every patient heals at a different rate. Older children and adults should be able to return to normal activity, school, or work within a few days to a week. Younger children often require a slightly longer recovery period. It’s important to explain to young kids that the ears are healing and gentle care must be used. Furthermore, their playtime should be monitored to reduce the risk of injury. Dr. Zeff may recommend wearing a headband or bandage during sleep for about one to two weeks, as this can help to maintain the initial results. Dr. Zeff will provide any additional instructions unique to your treatment during your consultation or at follow-up appointments.
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Do you have additional questions? Contact our practice today to find out more about ear surgery or to schedule a consultation.