Are you self-conscious about the size or shape of your ears? Do you avoid certain hairstyles or wear hats to hide your ears? Dr. Frank Lalezar offers personalized otoplasty in NYC to correct the size, shape, or position of the ears and restore your confidence.
Are Your Ears Oversized Or Protruding?
Some people are born with oversized or protruding ears that stand out from their head. Protruding ears can be a source of teasing and bullying, negatively affecting a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Constant teasing and bullying because of a child’s physical appearance can take a negative toll on their life. Ear surgery can pin back the ears into the optimal position and provide considerable emotional relief.
What is Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to alter the shape, size, or position of the ears. The procedure generally involves making strategic incisions to remove excess cartilage and pin back the ears into the optimal position. The procedure can be performed on people of all ages, but it’s most commonly performed on children between 5 and 14. Otoplasty can be performed on one or both ears, depending on the individual’s needs.
The Goals of Otoplasty:
- Reshaping the ears to be more proportionate to the head
- Reducing the size of overly large ears
- Pinning back protruding ears
- Correcting deformities or defects in the ear structure
The Best Age For Ear Surgery
Otoplasty can be performed on people of all ages, but it’s generally performed on young children between 5 and 14. This is because the ears are almost fully developed by this age, and the surgery can correct any aesthetic issues before the child experiences bullying in school. However, your child’s ears must be fully developed during surgery. Dr. Lalezar will carefully examine your or your child’s ears to determine candidacy for otoplasty in NYC.
Dr. Lalezar’s Surgical Technique
Dr. Lalezar is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in the latest otoplasty techniques. The specific details of the procedure will depend on your aesthetic goals and age. In younger patients with malleable cartilage, he may use splints to re-shape the ears into the desired position. However, in adults with firmer cartilage, he makes small incisions to remove or reposition excess cartilage and pin back the ears.
Your Recovery Journey
After the procedure, you will need to wear a headband to protect your ears and keep them in place while they heal. You may experience some swelling and discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medication. Most people can return to work or school within a week of the procedure, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for a few weeks. Please follow Dr. Lalezar’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery after your otoplasty in NYC.
Am I a suitable candidate for otoplasty?
Candidates for otoplasty are typically those displeased with their ear shape, size, or protrusion. An ideal candidate is healthy, has realistic expectations, and seeks aesthetic or functional improvements. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Lalezar to discuss your goals and determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
What are the common reasons people undergo otoplasty?
Otoplasty is often pursued due to prominent or misshapen ears, congenital deformities, or dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery.
How long does an otoplasty procedure typically take?
An otoplasty procedure typically lasts one to two hours, depending on the complexity and specific corrections required.
What is the recovery time for otoplasty surgery?
Recovery from otoplasty generally takes one to two weeks, with most patients resuming normal activities after the first week. However, strenuous workouts should be avoided for a few weeks.
Are there any potential risks or complications associated with otoplasty?
Like all surgeries, otoplasty poses certain risks, including infection, scarring, asymmetry, and changes in skin sensation. However, board-certified surgeons like Dr. Lalezar take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk or prevent complications.
Will otoplasty leave visible scars?
Dr. Lalezar carefully makes incisions behind the ear or within the natural creases of the ears, so the resulting scars are typically minimal and barely perceptible. Furthermore, the scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
What is the expected cost of otoplasty?
The cost of otoplasty depends on the procedure’s complexity and the specific surgical techniques used. During your consultation, Dr. Lalezar will curate a personalized surgical plan, following which you’ll receive an accurate estimate.
How soon can I expect to see the final results of my otoplasty?
Initial results are visible immediately after surgery. However, swelling and bruising can mask the final outcome. Most patients observe their definitive results within 3-6 months post-surgery.
Is otoplasty a permanent solution for correcting ear shape and position?
Yes, otoplasty provides a permanent correction to the ear’s shape and position.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Frank Lalezar is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery of the face. He carefully examines your ears, discusses your goals and concerns, reviews your medical history, and curates a personalized surgical plan. He also supports you through every stage of your ear surgery journey, ensuring you feel safe and supported. Please schedule an appointment to explore your ear surgery options.