Cosmetic Ear Surgery for Kids and Adults
Large or protruding ears can attract unwanted attention and have a negative effect on self-esteem. For adults and children, cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) at the Darien, CT, Aesthetic Surgery Center can provide a more pleasing, refined appearance, improving self-image and confidence.
Children as young as four can undergo ear surgery, which can help them feel more comfortable among peers at school. If you are interested in surgery for your child or yourself, Dr. Fredric Newman and his team can help.
About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ear surgery is designed to refine the shape and correct the position of protruding ears to make them less prominent. If you are unhappy with the way your ears affect your appearance, you may benefit from otoplasty at the renowned Aesthetic Surgery Center. Otoplasty is safe for children age four and older, since the ears are fully developed by this time.
Dr. Newman uses one of two ear surgery techniques, depending on a patient’s needs and goals:
For patients who have protruding ears, an ear pinning technique can be used to position the ears closer to the side of the head. During ear pinning surgery, skin is removed from the back of the ear and cartilage scoring or cartilage sparing techniques are utilized to rearrange the tissue. During cartilage scoring, incisions are made and excess tissue is removed. The drawback of this technique is that there is greater risk of scarring. When taking a cartilage-sparing approach, non-removable stitches or sutures are used to reposition the ear; this technique often results in a smoother, more natural appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Newman will determine which approach will benefit you most.
Patients who are unhappy with the overall size of their ears may benefit from ear reduction surgery. The procedure involves removing excess skin and cartilage from the ear. Ear reduction surgery can not only reduce the size of the ears but also improve the shape.
If you are unhappy with the way your ears affect your appearance, you may benefit from otoplasty at the renowned Aesthetic Surgery Center.
Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed using local anesthetic. With pediatric ear surgery cases, a general anesthetic is often utilized for the comfort of the patient.
Recovery and Results
Immediately after cosmetic ear surgery, the head will be wrapped in “fluff bandages” to promote proper healing and to help ensure that the treatment area stays dry and clean. After a few days, the initial bandage will be replaced by a smaller, lighter bandage. Once the bandages have been completely removed (roughly one week after the procedure), a special headband designed to help guide the ears into the desired position will have to be worn for several more weeks. Full recovery from this type of facial surgery typically takes up to six weeks, at which point the healing process should be complete. During the recovery process, it is important that patients avoid strenuous activity.
When the healing process is complete, and bruising and swelling have subsided, the desired results will be apparent. Patients can expect smaller, less conspicuous ears that protrude less and provide a better complement to other facial features. Though ear surgery may result in minor physical changes, the emotional changes can be tremendous, and can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
Contact Us to Learn More
If self-consciousness is affecting your confidence or that of your child, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic ear surgery. Please contact us online or call (203) 656-1517 today to schedule a consultation.