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Otoplasty

Otoplasty is performed to reshape and refine ears that stick out, are asymmetrical, or that otherwise compromise one’s overall appearance.

In young children, overly prominent or irregular ears can provoke unwanted teasing and name-calling. But with this simple surgical procedure, those taunts can quickly be eliminated. Otoplasty can restore self-confidence and self-assuredness, not only in grade school aged children, but also in adults who suffer from protruding ears. The procedure is also extremely useful in addressing additional ear issues such as enlarged lobes or folded ears.

Advantages of ear surgery include...

  • Long-lasting results
  • Appropriate for both congenital and injury-related defects
  • Can reverse lop ear, shell ear and cupped ears
  • Ears are recontoured to complement the other features
  • Procedure can be performed on ages 5 and up
  • One of highest percentages of client satisfaction for a procedure
  • Can help mitigate bullying and teasing at school
  • Can restore a positive self-image for all ages

Choosing the best surgeon for your NYC otoplasty

Not only is Dr. Westreich board certified in facial plastic surgery, but he is also board certified in otorhinolaryngology, or ear, nose and throat medicine. This double specialization makes him among the most ideal surgeons to correct ear defects in a way that promotes natural-looking results and inconspicuous scarring.

Many patients choose Dr. Westreich because he is able to combine his expertise and extensive training with a compassionate and approachable bedside manner. This is especially useful is treating younger patients who may experience anxiety over their surgery. The doctor has also carefully chosen a staff of friendly, experienced practitioners who go the extra mile to ensure every client receives personalized, outstanding care in a safe environment.

Details of the procedure

Otoplasty is performed under local anesthesia with sedation in the case of adults, and under general anesthesia in the case of young children, so that they may sleep peacefully throughout the procedure.

Dr. Westreich will first create hidden incisions behind the ears, through which he may remove, reduce or readjust the ear cartilage. In general, the ears are redesigned to stand closer to the scalp, and are sutured into place. Asymmetry and enlarged earlobes can be addressed through further refinement techniques. The end result is a balanced, more attractive ear aesthetic that blends well with the other facial features.

Recuperation from otoplasty

Recovery from otoplasty is generally swift, manageable and without incident, thanks to the doctor’s careful and conservative surgical technique, which minimizes post-operative discomfort and reduces downtime. Ears may ache and feel sore for 4-7 days, but after this initial period, the patient will begin to feel much better. Dr. Westreich can prescribe various pain medications upon your discharge. If he has dressed the ears with bandages or splints, these can be removed within about 7 days, along with the sutures.

Although a detailed aftercare plan will be provided to you, we can mention here that your sleep position should be on your back, with the head slightly elevated through multiple pillows. The ears should be protected from any contact sports or activities that would compromise healing. Most clients find they can return to their normal routine of school or work within about 10 days. For this reason, it is often advised that parents of children undergoing otoplasty opt to have the surgery performed over vacation, or summer break.

Moving forward with the procedure

Getting started with otoplasty is easy. The first step is to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Westreich in the privacy and comfort of his New York office. During this initial session, your questions and concerns will be addressed in detail, and the doctor will formulate a customized treatment plan that addresses all your unique requirements. The ears will be examined and photographed, and computer imaging may be used to project your potential results. The doctor prides himself on providing in-depth patient education and knowledge, so that you might make the most informed decisions about surgery in complete confidence.

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