Otoplasty is the procedure to modify the appearance of the external ear, especially the protruding ear. Otoplasty improves the shape, position and proportion of the ears.
While the ears aren’t technically part of the facial structure, they still contribute to how the face is framed. If the ears are too large, protruding or otherwise misshapen, they can detract significantly from one’s appearance.
Otoplasty is most often performed on children. However, adults can also benefit from changing the shape and contour of the external ear. Defects of the ear, such as ‘cauliflower ear,’ and repair of injury can also be part of the otoplasty procedure.
The incision for otoplasty is in the back of the ear to reposition and remove excess cartilage. Patients can experience some swelling and bruising of the ears after the surgery, as well as mild discomfort. The swelling subsides within the first few days, and the bruising takes a few weeks. Significant pain is rare and medication can control any discomfort.
Dr. Chernoff performs a gentle and comfortable otoplasty to make sure children and patients are completely at ease before, during and after the procedure. Special cases of patients born without external ears (Microtia) or badly deformed ears (Lop) can be effectively treated as well.