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Ear Surgery

By Z Paul Lorenc, MD 9 months ago
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Ear Surgery

Ear Surgery in New York City

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is performed on both children and adults who wish to reshape, reposition, and re-proportion the ears.

Some ear surgery procedures correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth but only becomes apparent during development. While other surgeries treat ears affected by injury, deformity or genetics.

Every person is unique, so during your consultation, Dr. Lorenc will advise what he thinks is best for you.

Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?

Improving the appearance of the ears through surgery is often a personal choice aimed at improve your quality of life.

If you have any of the following conditions, ear surgery may be right for you.

  • Overly large ears/macrotia
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides
  • Dissatisfaction with previous otoplasty

The Otoplasty Procedure

  • In an ear surgery, an incision is made behind the ear in the natural fold where the ear meets the scalp
  • A small amount of cartilage and skin is removed to reshape the ear
  • The cartilage is pinned back closer to the head with permanent sutures to secure it into place
  • Local anesthesia is used to block pain
  • Results are immediate when dressing is removed

Ear Surgery Recovery & Healing

  • Discomfort in the first few days is expected and managed with pain medication
  • The patient should always elevate the head in the first few days to reduce swelling
  • The ears will be wrapped in a headband-like dressing after surgery
  • After about 1 week, you may resume normal activity
  • After the bandages are removed, five to seven days after surgery, the patient will need to wear a soft headband for a period of time that covers the ears in order to hold them in their proper position
  • Patient must avoid exercise for three weeks

FAQs on Ear Surgery

What is Middle Ear Surgery

Middle Ear Surgery or Stapedectomy is a procedure to treat hearing loss due to otosclerosis. Otosclerosis causes a buildup of bone around the stapes. This prevents the stapes from moving normally, causing failure in conducting sound, and thus, resulting to hearing loss. 

Resumption of hearing is possible by replacing the stapes with an artificial part.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about Otoplasty and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact our office to schedule a consultation with NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Paul Lorenc.

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