Otoplasty for Men New Jersey
Ears that over-protrude from the sides of the head can make boys and men self-conscious about their appearance. To improve upon the prominence of ears, an otoplasty, or ear surgery, can be a performed as a wonderful solution. In fact, otoplasty was the fifth most popular cosmetic surgery among males in 2012, According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Considering ear pinning surgery for your child
Boys over the age of four are the most common candidates for this procedure for two reasons:
- The ears are nearly completely grown by this time
- Most boys cite teasing as their motivation to undergo this surgery
The earlier the surgery takes place, the more they can avoid peer ridicule and the psychological trauma associated with it. However, there is no age limit to having this surgery performed. Teens or adults of any age, who are in good health, can be good candidates for this procedure.
About the Procedure
Ear pinning surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, and lasts roughly 1½ hours. It is performed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation; typically, adults choose the latter.
Dr. Parker makes an inconspicuous incision behind the ear which permits him to sculpt the ear cartilage into a more normal configuration. The ear is brought back closer to the side of the head, reducing its prominence and bringing it into better harmony with the rest of the face. Dr. Parker then places permanent, internal stitches that hold the cartilage in the desired shape. Finally, skin sutures are used to close the incisions behind the ears; these dissolve by themselves as the patient heals.
Recovery after Otoplasty
Recovery after ear pinning surgery is usually quite tolerable, and there is virtually no pain. After a brief stay in our recovery room, patients return home. Showering is permitted 3 to 4 days after the procedure ( you can bathe before then, making sure you keep the head dry). Normal activities can be resumed within 7 to 10 days, and exercise can be started at 2 weeks. Dr. Parker will give you detailed instructions for you or your child’s return to activity.
If you or your son suffers from low self-esteem because of large or protruding ears, you should contact us to discuss otoplasty. It is a very safe and permanent solution to this condition. During your initial consultation, Dr. Parker will discuss the procedure in detail and use computer imaging to give an idea of what the changes should look like after surgery.
Our Rapid Recovery Program
Most of our patients lead active lives and want to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have tailored our surgical procedures, anesthesia, and medications, and developed our Rapid Recovery peri-operative program to optimize the recovery process. 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.