Ear Surgery New Jersey
Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a procedure which is generally performed during childhood to early adolescence, but can certainly be performed on adults as well. Ears that are very large or stick out from the sides of the head can be improved to create a more natural and balanced appearance through Otoplasty. Ears are typically fully developed around the ages of 4 or 5 and are then able to be re-molded to create the desired aesthetic look. It is important that the child have the desire to make the change, as they will then be more cooperative and enthusiastic about the procedure and during the post-operative recovery period.
Otoplasty surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours, and is typically performed under general anesthesia. Adult patients have the option of local anesthesia with sedation instead of general, however most prefer general anesthesia. This is a joint decision made by the patient and Dr. Glatt. There are several different techniques used to create the desired aesthetic for any particular case depending on the patient’s needs. A small incision is made on the back of the ear which will expose the cartilage so that it can be re-sculpted into the desired shape and position. Usually this reshaping is done with the use of sutures. In some cases, a larger piece of the cartilage may be removed to create a more natural looking fold. In other cases, a similar incision may be made behind the ear and skin is removed. The stitches fold the cartilage onto itself in order to create the desired new shape, instead of taking out any ear cartilage.
The precise step-by-step aspect of the procedure will vary depending on each patient’s individual needs and desired outcome. The procedure will leave a slight scar in the back of the ear which will fade in time. The patient will be bandaged and some minor aches and throbbing can be expected in the first few days of healing, but medicine can help relieve any pain. After a few days the initial bandages will be removed and the patient will have some activity restrictions as they continue to heal. A headband is worn consistently for one week and then only at night for 4-6 weeks.
Ear surgery can be a wonderful, positive, life-changing experience. As with all surgical procedures, there are risks and it’s important to know them. Good candidates for this procedure are in good health and have realistic expectations. Contact NJ Plastic Surgeon Dr. Glatt to find out if ear surgery is right for you or your child.