Otoplasty is an ear surgery that is commonly performed by New York City plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, to correct protruding ears or ears that are misshapen. Although otoplasty does not affect hearing, it can provide great psychological benefits, especially in young children. Many adults have otoplasty, as they may be self conscious about the fact their ears protrude. This prevents females from pulling their hair back, and in men, it is much harder to conceal the deformity. Dr. Aston performs otoplasty with an incision that is limited to the natural crease behind the ear in a place that is not seen. In addition to putting the ears in the correct position relative to their distance from the head, the natural contours of the ear folds and crevices are created. Most people who have protruding ears lack what is known as an antihelical fold at the top of the ear. The ear is much more aesthetically pleasing when the antihelical fold is created.Otoplasty is most commonly performed to correct protruding ears. Although otoplasty does not affect hearing, it can provide great psychological benefits. Young children, who are teased by their classmates about their ears, especially benefit from this procedure. Many adults have otoplasty, as they may be self conscious about the fact their ears protrude. This prevents many females from pulling their hair back in a ponytail or wearing other hairstyles. Men of course find it much harder to cover their ears.
Torn Earlobe Care
Ear surgery may also involve a torn earlobe. This can occur with heavy earrings or through other trauma. The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the tear is removed and sutured together. Sutures are placed in both the front and back of the ear, sutures are then removed in one week.
"Outstanding doctor and staff I cant say enough about Dr Aston's skills as a surgeon and an artist. I cant wait to see the final results after the stitches are out He is so professional and so caring. After consulting with many plastic surgeons, I am so happy I chose him"- J.M. / Google / May 29, 2016
"I had my 4 week check up, and my eyes look amazing,, Dr. Aston is truly a master at his profession."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 17, 2017
"Dr Aston and staff are the best. Dr. Aston has been so helpful and wonderful during my pre and post precedure stages. He has an artistic skill and I would recommend him. I will definitley come back again."- L.P. / Healthgrades / Jun 14, 2017
"Dr.Aston is undeniably the best in his field .im over the moon and completely satisfied with my results and its only been 2 weeks. His staff is highly professional and friendly!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 06, 2017
"So Excited About My New Look! - I will be turing 44 this year and thought it was time to get a refreshed look. I could not be more pleased with my experience and my results; Dr. Aston and his staff are amazing! Right before I went into surgery one of the nurses said to me that Dr. Astons hands "were touched by God", and I couldn't agree more. It's only been one week and I am already loving my results and know I will look..."- B. / RealSelf / May 28, 2017
In the cases of protruding ears, the cartilages are reformed. Soft tissues may also be trimmed away. The incisions are made behind the ear to reveal the ear’s confines. The ears will be repositioned and contoured.
Otoplasties are performed with local anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home. The ear will be bandaged overnight and removed the next day. Activities must be limited, especially within the first week. Scars will remain hidden behind the ears.
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Ear Surgery FAQs
The ears typically mature faster than any other part of the body, therefore, at an appropriate age and time when surgical adjustments are made, the results are generally long lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal and a secondary otoplasty is usually not needed.
WHEN TO HAVE OTOPLASTY?
On average, 5-6 year olds are ideal candidates for otoplasty as the ear will be already developed and the cartilage and tissues will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also recommended as it is a time before any schooling, which helps to avoid teasing.
ONE OR BOTH EARS?
Often both ears protrude. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are shaped. If the procedure is only for one ear, the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.