Ear shaping surgery, or otoplasty, aims to correct an abnormal size, shape, or projection of the ear. The abnormality can be naturally occurring or due to injury. Natural occurring abnormalities can be due to improper development of the curvature of the upper ear (the superior crus of the antihelix) or the cupped portion (the concha) of the ear. This surgery can be performed in children (5-6 years old) if correction is desired prior to schooling, or can be addressed later on in life as an adult.
This procedure takes 2 – 4 hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. A special ear dressing must be worn for the week following this surgery.
Also ask Dr. Tepper about repair of torn or stretched out earlobes which can result from the pulling of earrings or from many years of wearing heavy earrings. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in the office in less than 30 minutes.