Otoplasty

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure that corrects protruding ears. This is one of the few surgical procedures suitable for children as young as 6 years of age. That’s because otoplasty is considered a reconstructive (rather than cosmetic) procedure — it treats an inborn deformity that can cause children significant self-consciousness, affecting their overall mental health.

Otoplasty treats two primary concerns related to protruding ears:

  1. The patient may have a conchal bowl, an extremely deep cup of the ear. In this case, Dr. Ramesh removes the cartilages responsible for the conchal bowl and adds sutures to reduce its depth.
  2. The patient may not have the antihelical fold, i.e., the prominently visible curved cartilage. In this case, Dr. Ramesh uses Mustardé sutures to deepen the antihelical folds and reduce overall ear protrusion.

What does otoplasty treat?

  • Protruding ears
  • Constricted ears because of cupped corners
  • Extremely small ears
  • Unformed ears, also known as microtia
  • Torn or split earlobes
  • Lop ears, i.e., the top of the ears droop down

What’s the ideal age for otoplasty?

Otoplasty is suitable for children six years of age and above. That’s because children’s ears are usually developed to at least 90% of their adult size by the time they’re six. Furthermore, children start experiencing social problems and bullying because of “different” or protruding ears at an extremely young age, affecting their overall social development. However, otoplasty isn’t medically necessary, so it’s not advisable for children who aren’t bothered about their ears.

Is otoplasty safe?

Otoplasty is a safe procedure with a perfect success rate and no major risks of complications. Otoplasty for children is performed under general anesthesia, so they’ll be asleep through the procedure. Otoplasty for adults is performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

Does otoplasty leave visible scars?

Otoplasty doesn’t leave visible scars because the surgeon makes the incisions behind the ears. The small scars are perfectly hidden behind the ears and in the natural folds of the skin.

What is recovery like after otoplasty?

Like all surgeries, patients may experience mild swelling, redness, and bruising after otoplasty. The bruising and swelling will gradually fade away after 1 to 2 weeks. You’ll also have to wear a dressing over the ears for 5 days. However, most normal activities can be resumed in a day or two, and you can be socially ready within a week.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

No, otoplasty doesn’t affect hearing.

Why choose Dr. Ramesh?

Dr. Ramesh is a board-certified and nationally renowned oculoplastic surgeon. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS). He’s widely considered one of the country’s leading plastic surgeons, and he performs the least invasive and most effective surgical techniques to address your concerns. Each treatment plan is individually curated to ensure natural-looking and complication-free results.

Please schedule an appointment to discuss your otoplasty treatment options at Somerset County, NJ, today.

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