- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 30-year-old man was bothered by the excessive prominence of his ears, and wanted to improve their shape. Facial Plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated him with otoplasty, or ear-shaping surgery, to bring the ears closer to the head. The surgery was performed in the comfort of our clinic, with the patient awake and relaxed with by-mouth medications and laughing gas. He is shown just 1 week after surgery, with a great result and excellent healing progress. The ears will refine in shape as swelling resolves over the next several months.
The otoplasty surgery involved trimming a small piece of cartilage at the concha (or seashell-shaped bowl of cartilage just behind the ear canal) to decrease the concha’s height and bring the ear closer to the head. Another part of the surgery focused on deepening the antihelical fold (or the Y-shaped fold of cartilage at the upper part of the ear) to bring closer to the head the upper ear. The patient’s ears will become less swollen and red over the next 1-2 weeks and show final healing result closer to 4-6 months after surgery.
While children treated with otoplasty do best with general anesthesia (or being asleep in the operating room), most adults can have otoplasty surgery with the help of relaxing by-mouth medications, laughing gas, and injected numbing medications. This patient had his otoplasty surgery while awake and relaxed in the comfort of our luxurious clinic, and did very well.
About Otoplasty Procedure
Prominent or “stuck-out” ears can be a source of peer ridicule and teasing both for adults and children. While protruding or misshapen ears may be corrected with non-surgical newborn correction, surgical correction is required for older children and adults. Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman performs otoplasty surgery to correct abnormally protruding or misshapen ears, treating both children and adults. Otoplasty commonly involves the shaping of the ear cartilage and tucking the ear closer to a more aesthetically pleasing position with the head and facial outline. Dr. Fishman does otoplasty surgery as a standalone procedure, or commonly combines it with rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty.