Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping) – New York, NY

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About Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Ears that stick outward and protrude, are misshapen and uneven, or look too large can have a negative impact on your self-confidence, especially as a child. Ear reshaping surgery (also known as otoplasty) is a cosmetic treatment that helps to redefine the size and shape of the ears to create a pleasing look. Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio is a highly experienced plastic surgeon in New York, NY who has assisted countless adults and children to overcome their fear of showing off their ears with this surgery. Regardless of the deformity, ear surgery at Uptown Body Contouring allows an individual to show their face from any angle with self-assurance. If you or your child are concerned about the appearance of the ears, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio to get more information on otoplasty.

Ideal Candidates

Ear surgery can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is extremely common among young children and is suggested before reaching elementary school. By age six, this cosmetic surgery is safe to be performed on a child. If you are frustrated from the appearance of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty may be the ideal surgery to attain a natural-looking appearance. If you suffer from a damaged earlobe, you are also a candidate for otoplasty.

Surgical Technique

Cosmetic ear surgery is completed using a form of anesthesia. In most cases, the incision is made near the back of the ear or inside the inner ear folds. During surgery, cartilage may be removed or added to create a more natural appearance. It is usual for both ears to be altered during treatment to ensure they look and appear balanced. Once the ears are surgically corrected, the incisions are closed with sutures and bandaged so they can remain safeguarded for healing.

What to Expect

Once treatment has finished and it is safe to leave the outpatient surgery center, you will rest and recover at home. Dr. Del Vecchio or a member of his team will give recovery instructions. It is important to not touch or scratch the ears. Furthermore, you or your child should avoid laying on the ears by sleeping in an upright position for the first several days. Dr. Del Vecchio will ask to see his ear surgery patients back within the first week — during this time, Dr. Del Vecchio will remove the bandages and look at you or your child's ears. Natural-looking ears are noticeable almost immediately, and the results will continue to look better as the ears heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does ear surgery cost?
Ear surgery costs will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping or earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Del Vecchio has listened to your concerns and goals, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, Uptown Body Contouring accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.

Will the results of ear surgery last?
Usually, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be carried out on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Del Vecchio will evaluate the ears and then discuss realistic expectations and also how long the results should last. Even as the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears will probably be minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty might be performed.

How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Normally, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to shape. This age is also good since it is before they start school or early in their education so they can avoid teasing. Although many otoplasty patients are kids, Dr. Del Vecchio also performs ear surgery on adults.

Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Most difficulties, including ears that are too big or stick out, occur in both ears so both will need to be addressed. During the surgery, Dr. Del Vecchio will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Del Vecchio will let you know whether or not both ears will be addressed.

What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of oversized earrings and ear gauges have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at Uptown Body Contouring. If you are interested in having earlobe repair, schedule a consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio. He will examine the damage and discuss what can be done to restore your earlobes.

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Although the ears are small, an abnormal shape, size, or position can make a huge difference in your appearance. Ear surgery (otoplasty) can help your child avoid teasing at school, or help you if you feel uncomfortable about your ears. Contact Uptown Body Contouring in New York, NY to schedule your appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio and learn more about cosmetic ear surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.

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