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.
"Great care and very pleased with the natural results of my facelift and eye surgery. Thank you to Dr. Suzman and his team for taking such good care of me and for making me feel so comfortable!"- M.S. / Google / Oct 16, 2020
"He did my nose job and it came out very well! I liked how during my consultation he used photoshop to show me what my nose would look like after. It looks natural and pretty"- F.J. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2020
"I would highly recommend Dr. Suzman and his staff to anyone looking to undergo a rhinoplasty procedure. Each step of the way, from our first zoom consultation to our in-person appointments and surgery, he made me feel extremely comfortable and confident in my decision to choose him as my surgeon. It has only been about a week since my surgery, and I am already thrilled with the results."- M. / Healthgrades / Jul 22, 2020
"Dr. Suzman is very patient, kind and friendly. He is very confident in his work and I got great results."- L.L. / Google / Jul 14, 2020
"Dr. Suzman is the Best - I am so very happy with my result (both cosmetically and medically with my breathing) - Dr Suzman and his staff are the best of the best. They worked their hardest to ensure that I would be able to schedule my surgery even with all of the limitations that the Covid pandemic presented us and the medical practice. He made sure that as soon as we could safely have my surgery, that we did. He constantly put me at ease and was highly professional, while also just being a very pleasant and kind person to be around. It was clear from the get go who he is as a doctor and surgeon, someone who is highly trained and skilled at his craft, but also someone who clearly loves what he does- and wants to perform surgeries to help his patients as often as he physically can. Something that always stands out to me is that he prides himself on creating an authentic and natural looking result, rather than “looking like you got surgery”, which is all a patient could hope for. And: that was achieved for me. Although nothing can ever be perfect, he got pretty damn close to it for me! I am so very happy with my result (both cosmetically and medically with my breathing), and it has been less than a month since my surgery! It will only get better from here, and I have Dr Suzman and his staff to thank for that. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 08, 2020
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,450 - $7,900
Improve Your Ears
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.