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Don’t Let Your Ears Make You Shy

Otoplasty is offered at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in New York.

At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Brooklyn otoplasty or ear reshaping surgery is available for adult patients as well as for children over the age of five. Otoplasty can correct a variety of concerns about the size of the ears, how far the ears protrude, or their shape. At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Brooklyn, Dr. Renata Khelemsky is a double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in procedures of the face and neck. Learn if Otoplasty is right for you by scheduling a personalized consultation today.

What is ear reshaping surgery?

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Otoplasty, also known as ear reshaping, is a cosmetic surgery that improves the size, shape, or position of the ears to create a more symmetrical and pleasant appearance. For many patients, this means “pinning back” both ears to lessen how much they protrude from the frontal view. In other cases, surgery may only be needed on one side, or a combination of techniques may be used to obtain the right balance and symmetry between both sides. During an otoplasty New York Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr.Khelemsky, will remove a carefully measured amount of cartilage and skin, and stitches are used to stabilize the ears in their new position. With the proper aftercare, the results of this type of surgery are permanent. Ear surgery is performed on the outer and visible structures of the ears and does not extend internally into the ear canal. For this reason, ear reshaping surgery does not address hearing issues. Instead, it is primarily used to improve the appearance of the external ears.

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How do I know if ear reshaping surgery is right for me?

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The most popular reason among patients looking to have Otoplasty, or ear reshaping surgery, is for the correction of ears that are too projected or protrusive. The purpose of otoplasty is to surgically reduce the amount by which the ear projects from the scalp. Patients commonly call this “ear pinning” surgery.

However, patients also choose to have ear reshaping surgery to change the shape of their earlobes, improve symmetry, repair the ear after an accident or trauma, or correct certain ear deformities. During your consultation, Dr. Renata Khelemsky will evaluate your ears and learn more about your concerns and expectations to better customize a treatment plan that is unique to you and your aesthetic goals. There are many types of otoplasty techniques, and Dr. Khelemsky will use the most suitable approach based on your needs.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

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“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

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“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

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Timing of ear reshaping surgery

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Parents of children who are considering otoplasty will be counseled on the ideal timing of surgery. Dr. Khelemsky recommends that patients delay ear surgery until at least 5 or 6 years of age, as this is the time when the majority of ear growth and development has occurred. At this age the ear cartilage will have adequate firmness to withstand the surgery as well as the desired pliability to facilitate reshaping. Furthermore, children at this age are soon to meet or have just begun social interactions with their classmates. Surgical correction of any ear concerns at this early age can help to reduce feelings of shame or embarrassment and even teasing from others, leading to a tremendously positive psychological impact. Adult patients considering ear reshaping surgery do not have any age restrictions when it comes to the timing of surgery. Candidates for otoplasty are generally in good health, avoid smoking, do not have untreated diseases involving the ears, and are able to closely follow post surgical instructions to ensure optimal results.

Ear Reshaping Surgery Procedure

An otoplasty takes approximately one hour per side. However, surgical times vary depending on the complexity of each procedure. Local and sedation anesthesia is used during the procedure. Depending on the type of otoplasty performed, Dr. Khelemsky will make an incision in the back of the ears where it is well hidden. Next, careful measurements are performed, and the ear will be reshaped, trimmed, or folded using delicate maneuvers and stitches. Once the procedure is complete, a snug and fluffy head dressing is applied to protect the newly reshaped ears and provide comfort during sleep. The head dressing is usually removed after three to seven days.

Ear Reshaping Surgery Recovery

After an otoplasty, patients will need to wear a fluffy head dressing made of gauze is worn for several days. Patients are advised to avoid touching or scratching the ears during this time. Over-the-counter medications and occasionally prescription medications may be used to ease itching or discomfort. Sleeping should take place with the head of the bed slightly elevated and avoid direct pressure on the ears. A travel neck pillow is recommended. Otoplasty patients are reminded to use clothing that is easy to put on and take off, such as a button-up or zippered clothing, to avoid pulling on the bandage. Once the bandage is removed, the ears will have visible swelling. Numbness or tingling along the ears, as well as minor bruising, are expected. These side effects are common and should subside in one to two weeks. Gentle care of the incisions behind the ears is advised during the early healing period. Complying with frequent follow-up visits will ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results.

Ear Reshaping Surgery Results

Aesthetic Results

In about one to two weeks, the swelling will subside, and the aesthetic results of surgery will become evident. As with most facial cosmetic procedures, the total healing time may take up to six months, but most patients see a significant difference that is “restaurant ready” within a few weeks. Although minor changes to the ears may occur over the years, the results of Otoplasty are expected to last a lifetime.

Why choose RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

We offer surgeon-based care focused on highlighting your unique beauty. Possessing a keen eye, gentle touch, and deft technical skill, Dr. Renata stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine to bring you the highest level of care available, tailoring every service to your unique needs.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large. Patients can expect a premium experience in our luxury office setting, where attention to privacy and one-on-one care create a professionally tranquil and high-quality visit.

A double-board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in enhancing natural beauty. A Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, her personalized approach begins with a comprehensive analysis of your facial features, ensuring each transformation celebrates your unique individuality.

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Call (646) 558-3757 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation for ear reshaping surgery (otoplasty). Our tailored approach to various otoplasty procedures and expert-level care set us apart from other providers, ensuring a top-notch experience that enhances your confidence and natural beauty. Schedule your personalized consultation with New York Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky, today.

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Ear Reshaping Surgery (Otoplasty)

Frequently Asked Questions

During surgery, you will be administered a local anesthetic and sedation anesthesia and will be quite comfortable during the procedure. During recovery, you may experience some itching and light throbbing sensations, but these symptoms can be alleviated with your assigned regimen of medications.

Ear reshaping surgery is a relatively safe surgical procedure; however, some risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, over/under correction, or numbness. Complying with follow-up office visits will greatly minimize your risks of surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will assess your ears and discuss your options for ear reshaping surgery. A personalized treatment plan will be created for each patient, and Dr. Khelemsky and her team will discuss the cost of the surgery at this time.

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