When the size, position, or shape of the ears is unbalanced, the entire look of the face can be affected. Patients in New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area can have corrections made by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood at his Haddonfield, NJ and Linwood, NJ offices.
What Is Ear Surgery?
Otoplasty or ear surgery is a procedure that may do one of many things, including the following:
- Resize the ears to make them less prominent
- Shape the earlobes to provide a more pleasing appearance
- Correct birth defects or deformities resulting from injury
- Reposition the ears to the proper location
- Adjust the size or shape of one ear so it matches the other
Benefits of Ear Surgery
The biggest benefit to having ear surgery is that it can correct multiple deficiencies. It is also one of the few cosmetic surgeries that can be performed on children. Kids as young as six years old may undergo otoplasty provided the ears have grown to their full size. As such, it provides remarkable benefits to children who are being bullied because of their ears.
Ear surgery results in no visible scars. Results are also noticeable immediately once the protective dressings applied during surgery are removed.
How Is Ear Surgery Performed?
The first step in ear surgery involves administering local anesthesia. Next, an incision will be made just behind your ear or within the folds in the front of the earlobe. This ensures no visible scars result from this surgery.
Excess skin and cartilage can then be removed as needed. In some cases, modifications may also be made to the antihelical fold, which is the fold just inside the rim of your ear. Once all the necessary adjustments are made, your skin is then sewn shut and gauze dressings are applied to prevent infection from setting in.
Preparing for Ear Surgery
The preparation required prior to ear surgery is much like it would be for any other operation. You should refrain from smoking and avoid taking any medications that would interfere with anesthesia prior to your operation. An audiometry exam is not needed since this surgery does not affect your ability to hear in any way.
Recovery from Ear Surgery
Some itching and swelling may be present after surgery. It’s important not to scratch your ears, which is why taking an over-the-counter medication such as Benadryl might be helpful. You must also leave bandages in place for the recommended amount of time; otherwise, some of the correction could be lost.
How Much Does Ear Surgery Cost?
Cost will depend on the extent of reshaping necessary, which is why your cost can only be determined during your consultation. We offer many payment options to make this surgery as affordable as possible, including the following:
- Personal checks
- Major credit cards
- CareCredit® financing
Is Ear Surgery Right for Me?
If you are bothered by the size or shape of your ears, or have a child who is regularly picked on because of abnormal ears, ear surgery could be worth considering.
Why Choose Dr. Mohit Sood for Ear Surgery?
The decision to undergo ear surgery is normally done for very personal reasons, which is why it is important to choose a physician who is compassionate and understanding. Dr. Mohit Sood is not only a highly skilled surgeon serving New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area, but also a doctor who is committed to treating each patient with dignity and respect.
What to Expect During Your Ear Surgery Consultation
Measurements and photographs of your ears will be taken to get a better idea as to which reshaping procedures might be needed. Dr. Sood will discuss your health history, including previous injuries or hearing disorders. You will also be given pre- and post-operative instructions and an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Ears that are less than perfect don’t have to affect your self-esteem or social life. Contact a Sood Center location in Haddonfield at (856) 403-9686 in Linwood at (609) 904-5390 to schedule a consultation today.