Ears that appear to protrude and stick out, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look oversized can affect your self-esteem, especially during childhood. Ear surgery is a cosmetic procedure that helps to correct the shape, size, and position of the ears to result in a natural appearance. Dr. Smita Ramanadham is a plastic surgeon in New Jersey who has helped many men and women to move past their anxiety of exposing their ears with this surgery. No matter the physical irregularity, otoplasty at our facility allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with confidence. If you or your child are worried about the size or shape of the ears, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramanadham to learn more about otoplasty.
Otoplasty can be performed at any age; however, it is common among children and is recommended prior to reaching elementary school. By six years of age, this cosmetic surgery is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you are self-conscious from the look and shape of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can help attain a normal appearance. Sufferers of a torn or damaged earlobe, you may also be a candidate for cosmetic ear surgery.
Otoplasty is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In many patients, the incision is placed behind the ear or within the inner ear. During this procedure, cartilage will be reshaped to create a smaller or larger appearance. It is common for each ear to be addressed during treatment to make sure they appear even. After this, the incisions are secured with sutures and carefully bandaged so they stay protected.
When the procedure is over and you are released to leave the hospital, you will recover at home. Dr. Ramanadham or a member of her team will provide instructions for recovery. It is very important to not touch or scratch the ears. In addition, you should not lay on the ears, and instead, sleep upright for a few days. Dr. Ramanadham typically likes to see her otoplasty patients back within a week — at this time, she will be able to remove the wrappings and assess you or your child’s surgical results. The outcomes can be seen right away, and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
- How much does ear surgery cost?
The cost of ear surgery will be based on what is being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once Dr. Ramanadham understands your issues and wants, she will make your treatment plan and estimate expenses. In order to concentrate on getting the outcomes that you want rather than prices, our practice takes several payment methods and a member of our team will help you obtain low-interest medical financing.
- Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be performed on younger patients with long-term outcomes. Dr. Ramanadham will assess the ears and then talk to you about what to expect and how long the outcomes should last. While the rest of the body and face can change dramatically from gravity and age, the impact on the ears should be minimal. In the event there are significant modifications to your ears because of an injury, another surgery may be done.
- How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, kids about 5 – 6 years old are perfect candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to reshape. This age is also great because it is before they begin school or early in their schooling so that they can avoid being teased by classmates. Even though a lot of ear surgery patients are children, Dr. Ramanadham also performs otoplasty on adults.
- Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many issues, such as ears that are too large or stick out, occur in both ears, which means both will need to be corrected. During ear surgery, Dr. Ramanadham will adjust both ears to make them as symmetrical as possible. However, if just one ear has to be transformed, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When she creates your surgical plan, Dr. Ramanadham will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.
- What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of large earrings and ear gauges are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at our practice. If you are considering receiving earlobe repair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramanadham. She will analyze your ears and then let you know what may be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Even though the ears are not very big, the wrong shape, size, or position may make a big difference in your appearance. Ear surgery may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you have always felt self-conscious about your ears. Contact us in New Jersey to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ramanadham and get more information about surgical ear reshaping. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love, as well as the confidence to show it off.