Otoplasty Can Improve the Shape and Appearance of Ears for Both Children and Adults
Otoplasty can reduce the appearance of overly large or protruding ears for patients as young as five years old. This precise procedure can also provide better ear placement for adult patients who are struggling from low self-confidence due to the size of their ears. Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. With his extensive experience and years of training, he makes it a priority to deliver the best results for his patients in the Long Island area.
What Can Otoplasty Address?
Otoplasty can address a variety of concerns for both children and adults, including:
- Large ears (macrotia)
- Protruding ears (on one or both sides)
- Unsatisfactory results of a previous otoplasty
- Asymmetrical ears
- “Cauliflower ear” (damaged ear cartilage)
By removing tissue and adjusting the angle of your ears, an otoplasty procedure can create a more streamlined profile to boost your confidence.
Who Makes a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for otoplasty include healthy, non-smoking patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears. This procedure has also proven beneficial for healthy children over the age of five once the ears have fully developed. Patients who have chronic ear infections or a life-threatening medical condition may not qualify for this cosmetic procedure. To determine whether you are a good candidate, Dr. Greenberg will perform a thorough examination, carefully reviewing your past medical history and current health conditions, making sure there is not anything that might place you at risk for complications.
The Otoplasty Procedure
On the day of the surgery, we will administer anesthesia to provide the utmost comfort. Otoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on your desired level of comfort. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Greenberg will begin the procedure.
The location of your incisions will depend on whether you are undergoing an ear pinning or ear reduction procedure. During ear pinning, an incision is made in the natural crease behind the ear to adjust the angle of the cartilage. For an ear reduction, incisions are typically made discreetly within the natural folds of the ear to reduce and improve the shape and size of the ear by removing excess cartilage and tissue. For patients with both protruding and overly large ears, a combination of the two procedures can be performed.
Once Dr. Greenberg is satisfied with the results, he will close the incisions with both internal and external sutures. Internal sutures will naturally dissolve on their own. External sutures will be removed seven to 10 days later.
What to Expect During the Recovery Process
Because otoplasty is an outpatient facial procedure, you will be able to return home the same day. Before leaving our facility, you will be given post-operative instructions to assist you in your recovery. Following these instructions, resting with your head elevated, and taking your medications as directed will help reduce discomfort and swelling. Most patients are able to return to school or work in three to five days and resume exercise in three to four weeks.
About a week after surgery, you will return to our office for a follow-up visit. The thicker bandages will be removed and you will be given a special headband to wear. This compression garment should be worn as directed by Dr. Greenberg. It is designed to not only reduce swelling but guide your ears into the proper position. While your results are immediate, the overall recovery takes about six weeks. As the swelling and bruising subsides, you can begin to enjoy your newly shaped and positioned ears.
Dr. Greenberg can tailor an otoplasty procedure to achieve your goals with natural-looking results.