Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Albany
Serving Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Troy
Ear reshaping surgery, or otoplasty, is commonly performed to set prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Children with prominent ears are most at-risk for being ridiculed for this condition. A child’s ears are almost fully developed by age six and are easily the most visible feature on their small face. As a result, they commonly stick out in a manner that draws the attention of others. If the child’s ears are causing him/her problems, this surgery can be performed as early as age six; however it is more often performed on adolescents and adults.
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The Ear Reshaping Procedure
Plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back toward the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, he will remove a piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete.
In most cases, the surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade in time. The procedure usually takes about two to three hours, depending on the extent of the condition and which surgical technique is necessary. The head will be wrapped for about one week after the surgery, and Dr. Barach will recommend wearing a stocking cap or ski band to bed for several weeks.
If your child is young, Dr. Barach may recommend general anesthesia to ensure that your child will sleep through the operation. For older children or adults, he may prefer to use local anesthesia combined with a sedative. In this case, you or your child will be awake but relaxed, and the procedure is done in our office surgery suite.
Following surgery, Dr. Barach will provide detailed instructions regarding your otoplasty after-care. It is important to follow these instructions very carefully to ensure proper healing.
Torn earlobes occur after an earring is suddenly or gradually ripped through the bottom of your pierced earlobe. Your split earlobe can be repaired, once your rip has healed, by suturing together the exposed edges. Once your ear has healed, it can be repierced.
Please contact our Albany plastic surgeon today to schedule your initial otoplasty consultation.