About Ear Surgery
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure that addresses excessively large ears or ears that possess deformities due to birth defects or injury. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Suzman, at WESTMED Group in Westchester County, NY or Greenwich, CT, uses a number of surgical techniques to reconstruct and reshape the ears, seeking to restore their appearance according to the patient's needs. This is a procedure typically performed on children to remedy deformities at a young age, though they must be at least 5 years of age to receive treatment. A popular technique employed to restore the appearance of the ears is the pinning technique that brings the ears back in order to help reshape them and reduce their size.
The hole of a pierced ear can become stretched, elongated, or split as a result of wearing large, hanging earrings or accidents involving the tearing of the earlobe. Dr. Suzman performs earlobe surgery procedures often to repair damaged skin on the earlobe following a consult at WESTMED Group's Westchester County, NY office. The procedure is a simple office-based procedure that will be done under local anesthesia. Treatment will normally take approximately 30 minutes. A week later, sutures are removed and re-piercing can be done in 6 – 8 weeks. Patients will be left with natural-looking earlobes following surgery.
"Highly recommend ! Very happy patient. - Dr Suzman and his team are the absolute best! He is caring and patient and makes the plastic surgery process stress free. The results are more than I could have hoped for. Highly recommend! My procedure included lift, implant, and lipo and after 6 weeks of recovery so far, I couldn’t be happier. The office location is convenient, hours are flexible so you can have apts before work, all staff i..."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 30, 2018
"Amazing doctor and so nice"- B.P. / Healthgrades / Jun 05, 2018
"Great doctor - Excellent doctor, so nice and did a fantastic job on removing my basil cell cancer. The wind was very deep and did not look like it was going to heal well but now you can hardly tell that there was anything done and it is only three months later."- B. / RealSelf / Jun 04, 2018
"He performed my procedure a little over a year ago and I'm fully satisfied with my overall results . I have recommended him to my colleagues and friends . He has excellent bedside manners and his staff is great ."- E.A. / Yelp / May 21, 2018
"I never had surgery before, so I was extremely nervous to have a breast reduction. I was also worried about my recovery. Dr Suzman, Heather, and the rest of the staff were extremely caring and assured me everything was going to be ok. Everything wasn’t just ok it was amazing! My reduction was everything I wanted and more and I was able to recover quickly and enjoy the rest of my summer! I highly recommend Dr Suzman for he has forever changed my life for the better. Thank you!?"- D.J. / Facebook / Jan 10, 2018
Otoplasty patients should be at least 5 years old and have one of the following concerns:
- Ears that protrude or stick out from the head
- Ears that are misshapen from a trauma or congenital defect
- Ears that are disproportionately large or small compared to the head
What to Expect
Otoplasty reshapes the ears by making small incisions behind the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then removed and reshaped until the ear reaches the desired size and shape. Any excess skin is removed from the ear and in some cases, the ears will be repositioned closer to the head. The technique to treat protrusion (ears that stick out from the head) is commonly referred to as the "pinning back" of the ears. The overall goal of otoplasty is to give patients natural-looking ears and to restore their self-confidence.
Patients can expect swelling and bruising after undergoing otoplasty. However, this will usually subside after the first couple of weeks of recovery. An elastic headband is worn for the first several weeks after surgery to keep the ears in their new position and patients are advised to avoid strenuous work for approximately 1 – 2 months after their surgery. Children who have otoplasty will need to be closely monitored throughout the healing process, so they do not compromise the healing of their ears or cause agitation by rubbing and scratching.
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Otoplasty can help patients, especially children, enjoy the way they look and restore their confidence and happiness. Having misshapen or excessively large ears can cause unwanted attention and teasing that can affect self esteem. We encourage anyone who is looking into otoplasty for themselves or their child to schedule a consultation. It is our goal to help you feel good about your appearance.