Otoplasty New Jersey- Ear Pinning

Ears which over-protrude from the sides of the head , and are known as “Prominent Ears”, can make children and adults self-conscious about their appearance. Surgical correction is achieved with an otoplasty, performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Otoplasty for Children & Adults

Ear surgery is often performed on children at age five or six. At this age, the ears have almost fully developed allowing surgery to be safely performed. In addition, correction of Prominent Ears at this age can help eliminate the psychological trauma from teasing classmates in school. Nearly one-third of all otoplasty surgeries in 2013 (31.6%) were performed on patients 18 and under.

Adults with protruding ears will often seek surgical correction as well. As long as the patient is in good health, there is no upper age limit to having otoplasty performed.

Anatomy of the Ear

Ear prominence results from a deficiency of the antihelical fold, excess concha or both. Dr. Parker will carefully evaluate the patient’s ears during their initial consultation with him. He will then review a treatment plan to correct a deficiency of the antihelical fold, excess concha or both.

Ear surgery often is recommended for children as they near total ear development at age five or six. Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps eliminate potential psychological trauma from the teasing of classmates. Adults may also have their ears reshaped. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for this surgery.

Surgery & Recovery

An inconspicuous incision is made behind the ear, permitting Dr. Parker to sculpt the ear cartilage into a more normal configuration. Specifically, he will create an antihelical fold with sutures as well as correct the excess concha, if present.

This allows the ear to brought back closer to the side of the head in a natural way, correcting the prominent appearance. Surgery lasts roughly one and half hours and after briefly staying in our Recovery Room, the patient returns home.

Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program

To help our patients get back to their active lives as quickly as possible after surgery, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications and developed a unique Rapid Recovery peri-operative program to minimize post-operative discomfort and accelerate the recovery process.

With Rapid Recovery after otoplasty, there is virtually no pain. All skin sutures, used to close the incisions behind the ears, dissolve by themselves and do not have to be removed. Patients can usually shower 3–4 days after the procedure and resume all normal activities within 7–10 days. Exercise can be started at 2 weeks. 

During both your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.

Before & After: Otoplasty

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Otoplasty procedures at the Parker Center for Plastic Surgery can also be combined with rhinoplasty, neck contouring, and chin implants.