Enlarged, misshapen ears are a source of embarrassment and discomfort for millions of children, teenagers, and adults. However, the shape, position, and proportions of the ear can be changed in order to achieve harmony with the rest of your face and head using otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery).
Let’s take a closer look at the procedure:
- Who is a good candidate for otoplasty? Children who are at least 5 years old are good candidates, since a child’s ear cartilage is considered stable enough for correction by the age of 5. Adult and teenage candidates who do not smoke, and are in generally good health with no existing medical conditions that can impair the healing process are also ideal candidates.
- How is the surgery performed? Cosmetic ear surgery is usually performed in either a hospital or surgical facility, under either local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, the doctor will correct or increase the antihelical fold (which is inside the rim of the ear) and reduce any enlarged cartilage. Incisions made during this procedure are usually made on the back of the ear. When incisions are necessary on the front side of the ear, they will be made within folds of the ear to conceal them. External stitches will close all incisions. The ears will then be permanently positioned so that they are closer to the head. The surgery can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient.
- Are there any side effects associated with the surgery? There are mild side-effects associated with cosmetic ear surgery, such as discomfort and bruising. Fortunately, these side-effects are temporary and there is normally very little pain associated with the surgery. The doctor will discuss the procedure at length at the patient’s initial consultation.
- How long will it take to recover from the procedure? Although strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks after the procedure, most adults and children will be able to return to their normal activities within one week.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery, Otoplasty, in Princeton
If you have any interest in correcting the appearance of your ears with otoplasty, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner. Our office is located in Princeton, and you can reach us at 609.921.9497. We look forward to hearing from you.