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Ear Lobe Repair, Otoplasty Surgery

Ears (Otoplasty)

Ear, or otoplasty surgery, is usually done to set the ears closer to the head, to reduce the size of large ears, and to restore normal anatomy. Good candidates for this procedure range from five years of age all the way through adulthood. The psychological advantages may be significant, especially for young children.

We have developed a technique for reducing prominent ears called "Multivectored Posterior Only Correction." This technique incorporates the work of previous plastic surgeons, and with our developments, creates a more natural appearing ear with minimal risk. We have presented this technique at national meetings and have submitted our work for publication.

The Analysis 
Dr. Lesesne will take a medical history, perform an examination, and then outline the correction. Our technique approaches the ear from the back crease, leaving a hidden scar. Sculpting and posterior setting are done from behind. The result is a natural ear. No pre operative tests are required for this procedure.


The Procedure

Ear (otoplasty) surgery is performed in our Park Avenue surgical suite. Dr. Lesesne administers local anesthesia with preoperative medication. It is a very safe and comfortable method, even for children.


Ear (otoplasty) surgery takes approximately 1.5 hours, for both ears. The technique usually involves suturing the ear back, sculpting the cartilage with sutures, and then closing the incision with dissolvable sutures. The incision is placed where the ear meets the head and is therefore barely visible. A drain is removed the next day at home. If non dissolvable sutures are used, they will be removed in ten to twelve days.


The Recovery

Recovery is fast with very little pain. Allow one to two days to wear a headband, keeping the incisions clean and free from bacteria. Bruising and swelling will subside in 3-5 days. You can shower the day after surgery. Normal activity can be resumed in 2 days, however, there should be no pulling on the ear for two months.


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