Is otoplasty right for you? - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

Is otoplasty right for you?


beautiful young woman pointing finger to her earOtoplasty (also known as “ear reshaping surgery”) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can change the size or the shape of the ears or can “pin” the ears back. If your ears have always made you feel self-conscious, otoplasty can help!

Who should have ear reshaping surgery?

Ear reshaping can be done at any age, but for children it is typically done after the age of 3, when the ears are mostly grown. It can help ears that stick out too far and ears that are too large. Patients who have had some sort of trauma to the ears, such as cancer or an injury, or patients who were born with a birth defect may also benefit.

What is the procedure for otoplasty?

The procedure is performed with general anesthesia, is an outpatient procedure, and it typically takes less than 3 hours. Most patients are up and about within a few hours after the surgery, but strenuous activity should be avoided for a few weeks – adults should plan on missing 5 days of work and children will miss 7 days of school. Stitches will dissolve or can be removed in about a week, and because the incision is made on the back of the ear, any scarring will be hidden and will fade over time.

Most patients report there is little pain, which can be controlled with over-the-counter medication. You will have to wear bandages after the surgery and then later a lighter head dressing. There will also be some bruising and swelling, but once this reduces you will notice a change in your ears right away. There is a very low risk of complications with this procedure, and it won’t affect hearing.

When considering otoplasty, as with all other types of cosmetic procedures, it is important that you are in good health and that you have realistic expectations about your results.

With an otoplasty procedure, you won’t have to be self-conscious about your ears anymore! No more hiding them underneath your hair or a hat. Call Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center in Chester, New Jersey, for an otoplasty consultation today. Call (908) 879-2222 for an appointment!

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