What is Otoplasty (Ear Reduction Surgery)?
Otoplasty, or ear reduction surgery, is done to reshape one or both ears. Otoplasty surgery is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery to correct developmental abnormalities of the ear(s). Otoplasty also includes ear lobe reduction/repair and cauliflower ear surgery to reduce or recontour excess skin/cartilage.
Why Choose Otoplasty (Ear Reduction Surgery)?
The ears are a focal point of the face and prominent ears can effect patient’s self esteem and confidence. The cartilaginous framework of the ear is subject to many types of developmental abnormalities including: lop ear, cup ear, and stahls ear. Typically the surgery is performed in children between the ages of 4 and 14. The common problems fixed with otoplasty include ears that 1. Lack the fold along the inner part of the ear (anti-helical fold) as well an ear that protrudes too far out from the head. Otoplasty surgery can re-create the natural folds of the cartilage and pin the ears back into a normal and less conspicuous position.
Am I a Candidate for a Otoplasty?
Patients that feel they have large ears or misshapen cartilage may benefit from otoplasty or ear reduction surgery. During the consultation, Dr. Lozada will go over the areas of concern and discuss potential surgical options. We will make sure to answer any and all questions you have regarding otoplasty.
How is Otoplasty performed?
Otoplasty Surgery can be done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts 1-2 hours. All incisions are placed behind the ear and hidden. Internal sutures are used to create the desired shape and contour of the ear cartilage. Occasionally excess cartilage needs to be excised to achieve a smaller size to the ear.
Recovering from Otoplasty or Ear Reduction Surgery
The procedure is an outpatient surgery and patients go home the same day. The patient will have a dressing/head wrap in place that will come off the following day. They will then wear a head band for a few days after surgery and then only at nighttime for a few weeks. Strenuous activity is avoided for 2-3 weeks after surgery. Contact sports should be avoided for 6 weeks.
The first two weeks after surgery will see an improvement in the swelling and bruising that can occur after otoplasty surgery. After 1 week any residual bruising is easily concealed with makeup and patients feel comfortable to be outside the house. There are no restrictions aside from avoiding strenuous activity and exercise for 2 weeks after surgery.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Kirk Lozada?
Dr. Lozada is a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon and Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon. Dr. Lozada is committed to providing the highest quality aesthetic and reconstructive services for all his patients in Philadelphia and New Jersey. At our office a personalized treatment plan is essential and we allow sufficient time during consultation to develop a unique understanding of each patient’s desires. Dr. Lozada completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. Dr. Kirk Lozada is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery. Contact the office for your consultation today!