Otoplasty in Princeton, NJ
The appearance of the ears is a sensitive subject for many. Otoplasty can change the appearance of your ears, boosting your confidence. Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay performs otoplasty for patients, including those throughout Princeton and Plainsboro, in the Central New Jersey area at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the reshaping of the outer ear. It is done to improve appearance and correct defects, either from accidents or that have been present from birth. Otoplasty can be performed on children or adults.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Otoplasty aims to improve proportion and symmetry of the ears, correcting issues that can draw unwanted attention to them. Benefits of otoplasty include:
- Improved confidence in one’s appearance
- No more hiding the ears
- No more bullying over the ears
Before and After Photos of Otoplasty
Otoplasty can be a life-changing procedure for those who have struggled over the appearance of their ears. View our patient before and after photos to see real results that Dr. Kay has helped patients achieve.
How is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty only requires a local anesthetic and are typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Surgery lasts one to two hours. If the patient is a child, heavier sedation may be used to limit movement during surgery.
While all cases are different and will have unique needs, the basics of otoplasty are similar for all patients. An incision is made at the base of the earlobe, where it connects to the head. For otoplasty that is conducted to reduce ear size, the incision is made inside the ear rim at the front of the ear to hide the scar.
Dr. Kay may remove excess skin and cartilage if necessary. Depending on your treatment, the ears may be pinned using a permanent suture. Sutures may be used to allow portions of the ear to join together in order to create the desired shape. Sutures are strategically placed in order to reform the ear as it heals.
Preparing For Otoplasty
We will review your medication list and advise if any medications need to be discontinued before surgery. You should also stop smoking before your otoplasty, as it can impair healing. Arrange for a ride to and from the surgery.
After otoplasty, you’ll need about a week to recover. Keep your head elevated and cool, and don’t sleep laying on your ears. Avoid heavy physical activity and activities where the ears could be hit, such as some sports.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
Otoplasty is usually considered an elective surgery by insurance companies, meaning you likely don’t have benefits to cover the cost. We offer CareCredit® financing to help you cover out of pocket costs. For more information about financial options, give us a call.
Is Otoplasty Right For Me?
Ear surgery is an ideal solution for patients who have been embarrassed by the appearance of their ears. They may have been bullied over their look, or try to hide the ears with hats and covering hairstyles.
Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates For Otoplasty?
Dr. Scott Kay provides expert otoplasty care for patients in New Jersey. He completed a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Hospital where he developed the technique and skill necessary to provide patients with desirable results. He will address your concerns and develop a surgical plan to not only improve your look, but your self-esteem.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Otoplasty
A full review of your medical history will be conducted during the consultation. Be open with the doctor and let him know what you hope to achieve through surgery. Dr. Kay will examine your ears and develop a treatment plan that can produce your desired results.
Since 1993, board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay has been treating patients, including those throughout Princeton and Plainsboro, at his Central New Jersey area practice. Patients choose Dr. Kay for elite medical and surgical care relating to ear, nose, and throat issues. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.