Overview - Otoplasty
Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a plastic surgery procedure that reconstructs and improves the appearance of the ear. Through careful surgical repair and reconstructive mastery, the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group perform Otoplasty in northern New Jersey to repair part or all of an ear damaged in injury, malformed from birth, or to improve the appearance of the ears that are too large or protruding. Otoplasty can provide great psychological benefits to anyone who has been teased about the size or shape of their ears or wants to improve their ears. The Peer Group’s board-certified plastic surgeons are also able to construct entirely new ears for patients with birth defects or who lost them due to injury or other causes.
Improvements from Otoplasty
Cosmetic ear surgery typically serves two functions, achieved through a qualified plastic surgeon’s technical and aesthetic capabilities: setting prominent ears back closer to the head, and reducing the size of large ears. Ear surgery may also be a helpful solution for the following conditions:
- Large or protruding ears
- Lop ear (top of the ear folds downward or inward)
- Cupped ear (a small constricted ear)
- Shell ear (no outer curve in the cartilage)
- Large, stretched, or torn earlobes
- Earlobes with large creases and wrinkles
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either reduced or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
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"I have been going to the Peer Group for about 20 years now and could not be any happier. Dr. Starker is a true professional .He is kind and thoughtful and listens to the needs of his patients. I have had many procedures done by him and the results are always amazing. The staff is so warm and friendly and make you feel safe and comfortable. I also use Stephanie Sultis for my facials and she is terrific! I recommend all my friends to the Peer Group and they are all as pleased as I Am. definite 5 star facility!!"- P.B. / Google / Mar 31, 2018
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All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a soft, protective bandage, which will later be replaced with a lighter head band. Initially, patients will feel discomfort. . This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an Otoplasty procedure are long lasting.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location