Otoplasty in Syracuse & Rochester, NY

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Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to reposition the ear to improve the appearance of congenital ear deformity. Most patients seek otoplasty to reduce or set-back the prominent ears that “stick out too far”.


Most patients are born with ears that are angled forward or outward. While there are several reasons why the ears may appear overly prominent in appearance, most common reasons are straightened anti-helix and/or overly developed conchal bowl. During planning of the otoplasty procedure, these anatomic features are carefully examined to determine which surgical technique will be utilized to restore the ideal nature proportion and shape of the ear cartilage.


Many patients are adults who wish to correct the appearance of their ears that have bothered them throughout their lives. Female patients have the benefit of hiding their prominent ears with their long hair, but now seeking correction so they can tie their hair back with confidence. Sometimes, parents will present to the clinic with their children who are bothered by the prominent ears.

Sometimes, parents report that their children are targeted and ridiculed by other kids because of the overly large ears. Most ear cartilages are developed and matured by age 5, but most young patients who undergo otoplasty are 8 years or older in our practice. While select patients may be able to tolerate the procedure under local anesthesia, most young patients will elect to have the surgery at an outpatient surgery facility under light to moderate sedation.


The procedure is performed at our accredited AAAHC certified office based surgery facility under twilight sedation IV-sedation. Pediatric patient procedures are performed at an outpatient surgery facility under light to moderate sedation. Some patients may elect to proceed under local anesthesia with oral sedative. Depending on each patient and the anatomic feature of the ears, patients may require reshaping of antihelical folds with suture technique, reduction of conchal bowl height, scoring of cartilage, reduction and/or ear lobe. Most incisions are placed behind the ear, and will become inconspicuous. Ear lobe reduction is performed with small vertical linear incisions at the ear lobe.


First week after the procedure, patients are expected to wear headband or ear-bands which will provide compression to the ears during day and night time. This will also prevent accidental retraction or pulling of the ear, especially at night during sleep. Ear can be sensitive and patients may require pain medication during the first several days. During week 2, patients may elect to not wear a headband, but at night time they should continue to wear the compression headband during sleep. We recommend that patients continue to exercise precaution to ensure the ear does not accidentally get pulled forward or manipulated for the first 8 weeks.

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