Creating a harmonious balance in the face does not just include the proportion size of the eyes, nose, mouth, and chin. The ears play a very important role, too. Many of us can hide our ears behind hair, but that does not erase an enlarged shape or odd positioning. Large ears or those that appear too high or low on the head can impact the symmetry of the face, which is one of the most significant standards of beauty.
Other issues with the ears can be the result of congenital disabilities and injuries. Many are born with misshapen ears or suffer damage during an accident that can alter appearance. Those seeking enhancement often search for opportunities for plastic surgery in NYC.
What is an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a procedure that can modify and reshape the ears to make them appear more balanced on the head and the face. The most common concerns an otoplasty addresses are prominent overprojected ears and deformities that impact ear folds. An otoplasty can move the ears closer to the head, create natural folds, and create a balanced symmetrical appearance to the face and head.
Because the ear develops by the age of five, those concerned with its shape or size can seek opportunities for plastic surgery in NYC, specifically otoplasty, at a wide variety of ages. Many patients are children or teenagers who feel self-conscious about their looks or have a congenital defect. Most adults request otoplasty because of cosmetic reasons, as well as due to injury or an accident.
Anyone who has concerns regarding their ear placement and positioning is a potential candidate for an otoplasty and plastic surgery in New York. The best candidates are healthy, non-smokers who understand the process and have realistic expectations.
Dr. Maman will discuss your goals, questions and procedure in great detail during your consultation and preoperative appointments. He will conduct a physical examination during your initial visit and will address your medical and surgical history to have a comprehensive understanding of your needs. Dr. Maman will discuss with you your treatment plan, thoroughly exploring all your options, and help you identify realistic and reasonable goals.
Dr. Maman will work to ensure a positive experience with plastic surgery in NYC. He will make improvements using the appropriate technique to fix the general size and shape of the ear. An ear augmentation is often utilized if the pinna of the ear is underdeveloped, and otopexy pins back the ear to flatten it against the head, and an ear reduction will decrease the pinna size. An otopexy can involve any combination of reducing, rotating, adding to, folding of, and suturing of the ear cartilage. Dr. Maman will place small incisions along the backside of the ear. If the procedure requires work on the front side of the ear, incisions are hidden inside the folds to hide any subsequent scarring.
If you are seeking otoplasty because of a defect or injury, you may require more extensive work in the form of reconstructive surgery. In this case, cartilage may be sourced from other parts of the body to recreate certain shapes.
Results and Recovery
Although otoplasty is a reasonably straightforward procedure, mild swelling and discomfort are normal. Dr. Maman will work with you to ensure a successful recovery period with follow-up appointments as needed. You will be provided with any necessary medications to help reduce pain and prevent infection. Bandages will secure the ears and protect the incisions, so they must remain intact for about three to five days. After removing bandages, it is still necessary to wear a headband to secure the ears for a specific amount of time. After this time, patients only need to wear the headband at night for another period. Because otoplasty is commonly performed on children of young age, this is not a large concern. Scarring will naturally occur but will be hidden and likely diminish as time goes on. Any scars will be managed following Dr. Maman’s post-procedure protocol.
It is essential to protect your ear during the healing process. It will not only be sensitive to touch, but any large bump or movement could impact the eventual outcome. It is best to refrain from any heavy exercise or sports during the three months of healing and to follow Dr. Maman’s recommended guidelines for proper recovery.
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