The shape, size, and protrusion of one’s ears can have a significant effect on a person’s facial appearance, as well as their self-esteem. In fact, for many individuals, ears that are disproportionately large and/or stick out far from the head can often lead to feelings of self-consciousness. This is particularly true for younger males and females who are currently in or about to enter their most impressionable years of schooling and/or extracurricular activities, though many adults are also sensitive to these concerns.
At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, Dr. Daniel Y. Maman and Dr. Stafford R. Broumand offer otoplasty—also referred to as ear surgery—to recontour and/or reposition the ears for a more proportionate, balanced appearance in relation to the face. By employing a customized, state-of-the-art approach, our board-certified plastic surgeons can effectively address your concerns and achieve your otoplasty goals with exceptional, natural-looking results.
What Can Otoplasty Do for Me?
Otoplasty can be performed for patients old and young (as long as the ears have stopped growing), and the benefits of the procedure can be both physical and psychological. Depending on your unique needs, ear surgery can often help:
- Decrease the size of the ears
- Reshape the ears for improved proportion and symmetry
- Pin back or reposition protruding ears
- Improve balance between the ears and face
In addition to aesthetic benefits, the majority of patients report renewed self-confidence and esteem following ear surgery. This is particularly apparent among younger patients who are currently in or about to begin their formative years of schooling and/or extracurricular activities.
*Results May Vary
The Otoplasty Procedure
At our practice, Dr. Broumand and Dr. Maman tailor each otoplasty procedure to meet the needs and goals of the individual. During surgery, tiny incisions are discreetly made in the natural fold behind the ear. Cartilage is then meticulously recontoured and/or extracted through these incisions until an ideal shape and size is attained. If needed/desired, the ears can be pinned back at this time, which is accomplished using small sutures placed behind the ear. Depending on the patient’s age and the intricacy of the operation, otoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia and usually takes about one hour to complete. Patients are generally able to return home under the care of a friend or family member following surgery.
The majority of individuals are required to wear a head wrap for a few days after the otoplasty procedure. Once this is removed, a special headband is then to be worn temporarily to help protect the ears as they heal. Light, non-vigorous activities can often be resumed the day after ear surgery, and the majority of adults can typically return to non-strenuous jobs within approximately five to seven days. Similarly, children and adolescents can usually return to school about five to seven days after surgery. Regardless of age, any heavy lifting and/or physical activity should be avoided for a minimum of a few weeks.