Otoplasty or ear surgery involves “pinning back” or reshaping protruding ears so they are in the proper proportion and position with respect to the size and shape of the face and head, without altering hearing ability. This surgery can be performed at any age as long as the ears have reached their full size, usually beginning about 5 to 6 years of age. Having this procedure performed at a young age is advantageous in several respects: the cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping; secondly, the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement. Additionally, when performed in childhood, otoplasty may represent a ‘covered benefit’ in some health insurance plans. Through an incision concealed behind the ear which heals imperceptibly, otoplasty is most commonly performed on an outpatient basis requiring only brief general or intravenous sedation anesthesia, State Licensed, Nationally Accredited Ambulatory Surgical Facility. (see “about Keystone Surgery Center“)
Ears that have been restored to normal position can help improve self-esteem and allow children to proceed with normal psycho-social development to achieve full adult potential.
When considering ear surgery, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to restore facial cosmetic balance to patients with ear deformities, therebye allowing them to enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.