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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear Surgery Stock PhotoWomen and men from Rhode Island and Connecticut towns like New Haven request ear surgery (otoplasty) for a variety of reasons. It is often performed to set prominent, "turned out" ears closer to the head, or to repair/reconstruct damaged or deformed ears. This surgical procedure involves reshaping, folding, or replacing the cartilage in the ear. Cartilage can be taken from other regions of the body when needed.

Request a consultation online or call us at 203-453-6635 to learn more about this procedure.

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Cosmetic Otoplasty

Otoplasty is usually performed on children, though there are no additional risks associated with the surgery on an older patient. In one of the more common techniques, Dr. Price makes a small incision at the back of the ear to sculpt or fold the cartilage. In most cases, the scar is hidden behind the ear. The surgery, which can be performed with either sedation or local anesthesia, usually takes 2 hours to complete. Adults can usually go back to work around 5 days after surgery; most children can return to school within about 7 days.

Ear Reconstruction

Ear reconstruction is a surgery that repairs or remodels deformed or malformed ears. The procedure is usually performed on children ages 5 to 7 years old, but can also be performed on adults. In major reconstruction procedures, cartilage is collected and sculpted into the shape of the ear and grafted into place. The reconstructed ear is gradually shaped over the course of several procedures.

Repair of Torn Earlobes

Torn earlobes can result from many different things, such as trauma, wearing heavy earrings, or snagging a piercing. The repair of a torn earlobe is a simple and fast process, usually only taking around 30 minutes. Local anesthetic is used, and patients can return to most normal activities immediately.

Your Next Step

Are you ready to find out more about ear surgery? Request a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Price or call his office in Guilford at 203-453-6635. His office is convenient to patients from New Haven and other communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and is 90 minutes from New York.