Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping) in New York City
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At Allure Plastic Surgery in New York, otoplasty can be performed on patients from the age of 6 and older. Since the ears have reached their adult size by age 6, undergoing surgery at this age wont cause any ear related problems later in life. Many adults undergo otoplasty because they’ve always disliked their ears and are finally ready to improve them.
If you're unhappy with the appearance of your ears, or you're a parent concerned about the protrusion of your child's ears, please call Allure Plastic Surgery in New York City at (212) 661-2563 for more information about otoplasty.
What Happens During Otoplasty?
Surgical correction uses an incision hidden behind the ear to bring the ears closer to the head. At times, repositioning requires us to create a bend in the upper ear known as the antihelix, which doesn’t always fully form during development. Also, surgical correction of the “bowl” area of the ear, or concha, can greatly reduce cupping of the ear and give the ear a more natural position, closer to the head. We can also improve the earlobe so it doesn’t protrude as much.
Surgery typically requires IV sedation and last for about one and a half hours. Pain is minimal, and only a week is needed for recovery.
Recovery from otoplasty doesn’t take long. The dressing will be removed the day after and an athletic style headband is put in place for one week and worn all day and night. It is only removed for a short time each day so cleaning can be carried out. After a week, it can be worn at night for a month. Pain should be minimal, and some swelling and bruising is expected however most of it subsides within a week, when the majority of patients resume to normal activities.
To find out if ear reshaping is right for you or your child, please schedule an otoplasty consultation online or call Allure Plastic Surgery at (212) 661-2563 today.