What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is used to reshape one or both ears. Patients who are dissatisfied with the size, shape or orientation of their ears can alter their appearance through this procedure. The otoplasty procedure also includes ear/earlobe reduction and cauliflower ear surgery to remove and recontour excess skin and ear cartilage. Due to the ears being very prominent, many cosmetic ear surgery patients treated by New Jersey facial plastic surgeon Dr. Nicole Schrader experience a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem once their ears have been given a more desirable appearance.
If you’ve been considering ear surgery or another cosmetic procedure, please request a consultation online, or call Dr. Schrader’s office at 609-279-0009.
Ear reshaping for children or adults can set prominent ears back closer to the head and reduce the size of large ears to achieve the desired shape. Surgery may also be helpful for “lop ear,” “cupped ear” and “shell ear,” large or stretched earlobes, and lobes with creases and wrinkles. The surgical procedure lasts from two to three hours and may be performed in a hospital, office facility, or an outpatient surgery center under local or general anesthesia.
If you have misshapen or protruding ears or you have a child who does, you may be a good candidate for otoplasty. In a perfect world, the surgery works best on young children who are aged four to 14. But adults do undergo the surgery – it’s just that by this point in your life, you’ve probably heard all the teasing and you probably have suffered the psychological effects. Still, it’s never too late to make a change.
This surgery isn’t just for protruding ears, either. Otoplasty surgery can correct other ear conditions including:
- Abnormally large ear lobes
- Lop ear (ear tip folds down and trends forward)
- Shell ear (certain features of a normal ear are missing, such as the curve in the outer rim and other natural folds)
Dr. Schrader has 20 years experience, over 15 years in private practice in the New York area and performed hundreds of reconstructive ear surgeries and other cosmetic procedures.
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Choosing a good facial plastic surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:
- Is trained and experienced in all facial plastic surgery procedures
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics
- Is board certified by The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Otoplasty
If you live in the state of New Jersey, Schrader Plastic Surgery offers Otoplasty among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.