What is Otoplasty?
For most of us, there is no functional advantage for having large prominent ears. Otoplasty is the surgical repair or restoration of the auricle (the external element) of the ear. At the Klausner Institute, otoplasty, also called ear pinning, can help curb your ear imperfections. Otoplasty is most commonly performed to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Additionally, otoplasty can reshape the external ear, correcting congenital conditions, such as “shell ear,” “lop ear,” and “cupped ear.” While some ear surgery is performed to repair injuries to the auricle caused by past trauma, ear surgery can also address issues involving the ear lobes. Ear lobes that are too large may be reduced. Ear lobes that are wrinkled and creased may be rejuvenated. Ear lobes where the pierced site has torn or become too large may be repaired. If you are not sure whether or not your ear issues can be reformed by ear surgery, we are happy to answer your questions during your consultation with Dr. Klausner. Otoplasty is a specialty procedure of Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. who is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in New York, NY.
What Are The Benefits Of Otoplasty?
- Safe and effective — risk is minimal with a quick two week recovery time
- Results are natural-looking and permanent
- Easily corrects large, prominent ears
- Can repair damage to ears due to injury or trauma
- Improves overall facial aesthetics
- Increases self-confidence and boosts self-image
- Can be done for anyone after about age four
About Prominent Ears (Auricularis Prominauris)
There are distinct structural features that cause the protrusion of the ear. Lack of development or partial development of the fold of the external ear rim (the antihelical fold) or an external ear bowl (the conchal bowl) that is too deep will be typically seen. In most cases, it is a combination of these features that may need to be adjusted during the surgery. Otoplasty is the medical name of the surgery done to minimize the appearance of prominent ears. In New York, NY, Dr. Klausner is recognized as one of the leading facial plastic surgeons handling the otoplasty procedure at her office.
""Fantastic experience each and everytime." I have been seeing Dr. Klausner for over seven years and each and every time I am here its a warm reception, detail description of each and every step are explained and never feel rushed just welcomed each time."- T.M. / Google / Apr 01, 2021
"Dr. KlausnerMD is amazing, I’m a middle age woman and I had a few procedures done with her. I wanted to look as natural as possible. Dr. Klausner took her time, and listened....given my skin complexion ( I’m prone to keloids) we worked together regarding what would be my best options. Each procedure produced gratifying results, and I still remained looking like myself. Dr. Klausner makes you feel comfortable and assured...her service is exceptional."- L.M. / Google / Mar 15, 2021
"Dr. Klausner was extremely kind and helpful during our visits, and took the time to answer all of my questions and listen to my concerns. She ran through our plan for surgery in detail, leaving me feeling safe and well assured. It was my first time having surgery and I felt completely comfortable the entire time, which eased my anxiety. I would definitely recommend her!!"- Z.V. / Google / Mar 15, 2021
"Dr. Klausner was one of many surgeons I met with for a revision (third) rhinoplasty. I met ten surgeons and traveled to Burlington, Boston, Albany, and New York City for consultations. At each appointment, it was impossible not to compare everyone to Dr. Klausner. Her ability to gather information, formulate a plan with options that met my needs, and offer feedback on how she could improve my quality of life allowed me to move forward with the procedure. While tertiary surgeries carry higher risks for complications, Dr. Klausner’s expertise and skills will enable you to have a positive outcome. I had several face-to-face appointments with her, phone calls reviewing other providers’ feedback, and a detailed review of prior surgical reports, which led to a thorough plan of care. Dr. Klausner is caring, smart, articulate, and, most of all, genuine. I was concerned that I might not be completely satisfied with improvements versus perfection. Still, with her help, I chose a plan that allowed for satisfaction both functionally and cosmetically. Once I had settled on a surgeon, the difficult challenge of cost and insurance coverage for an out of network provider became another obstacle. Dr. Klausner worked with my insurance company for countless hours to explain and provide evidence to cover the surgery. Choosing an out of area surgeon is unsettling; however, it was worth every bit of time. The aftercare I continue to receive from Dr. Klausner contributes to the success of the procedure. For anybody going through this process, it is the healing process that is the most difficult. Dr. Klausner is there for you every step of the way and not only with the healing process but with treating your skin to look and feel your very best. I am forever grateful to be a patient of Dr. Klausner and look forward to working with her for many years. She is truly a gifted and talented surgeon trained in treating even the most complex cases. My family and friends who have supported me along this journey have also noted how lucky I am to have found her. I highly recommend Dr. Klausner in all aspects of care."- T.A. / Google / Dec 15, 2020
"Dr. Klausner is an amazing doctor/surgeon. She takes time with her patients, listens, makes sure she explains everything in detail, follows up quickly, and is overall amazing at what she does. Her diagnosis was beyond accurate and I didn't even notice I had breathing issues until she brought it up to me. The surgery went well, I had minimal bruising, and my follow-up appointments have been great. I'd recommend her to anybody!"- M.H. / Google / Dec 15, 2020
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) for Children
Frequently, otoplasty is performed on the child between the ages of 4 and 14. The procedure cannot be performed earlier than four years of age because the external ear does not fully develop and reach its normal adult size until four years of age. It is common for children to have ear surgery in childhood so to escape ridicule that might come from other less sensitive peers as they grow older. For parents seeking otoplasty/ear surgery to correct their child’s prominent ears, the decision to undergo ear surgery should be based on the child’s motivation and not solely on the parents. Parents should pay attention to their child’s feelings. Parents should not insist on ear surgery to correct protruding ears until their child requests the change. Children who feel bothered by their protruding ears and ask for the surgery are far more likely to be cooperative during the process and happy with the result.
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) for Adults
Frequently, an individual with one or two prominent ears who did not consider otoplasty during childhood will seek otoplasty as an adult. There is no additional risk to performing ear surgery for prominent ears in adults. Commonly, one ear can be more prominent than the other. As individuals, our external ears and other facial features are not identical to one another. It is important to realize that even after otoplasty, some differences between the ears will still exist.
Consultation for Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Whatever your reason for considering otoplasty or ear surgery, you can trust New York, NY facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. to make your experience a safe and successful one. If you are ready to take the next step, please schedule a consultation for ear surgery online or schedule over the phone.
During your consultation, Dr. Klausner will ask you to describe any concerns you may have for the size, shape, or position of your ears. After a full examination of the area, Dr. Klausner will provide you with feedback detailing your best options for reshaping your ears. Before any final decisions are made, you will be able to look through our photo gallery of other ear surgery patients. The photo gallery displays detailed before-and-after photos, as well as case descriptions about each patient.
Ear surgery FAQs
How long do ear surgery results last?
Our faces change due to factors like gravity and natural aging. However, the results of your ear surgery should be long-lasting, especially when working with a professional like Dr. Klausner. During your initial consultation for otoplasty, we can review what to expect and if you're a good candidate for this state-of-the-art procedure.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
As we mentioned, ear surgery is normally performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14. This is important because a child's ears are still growing and developing during this time. If you're older than 14, the Klausner Institute might recommend an otoplasty consultation for adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
In general, otoplasty is symmetrically performed on both ears. While this procedure can technically correct one ear, we usually address the second ear during surgery. When creating your surgical plan in New York, NY, our team can let you know if one or both ears need to be corrected. It depends on your desired results.