Summit NJ Otoplasty:
Incisionless Otoplasty & Ear Pinning with Carniol Plastic Surgery
Are you bothered by ears that stick out? Are you worried about your child’s ears and bullying?
Otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery) is a wonderful surgery to correct this deformity. Prominent ears can be a target for bullying and a reason for low self-esteem for kids and adults. Otoplasty gives a natural appearance to the ears, enabling you to be more confident. This ear pinning surgery brings the ear to a normal location.
Otoplasty For Children and Adults
Otoplasty (ear pinning) addresses what is unfortunately sometimes called “bat ears” or “dumbo ears.” These horrible terms can be damaging for patients. The cosmetic ear surgery is a same-day surgery, so no need to stay overnight. For adults, this surgery can be performed in the Summit office! For children and adults who prefer, this surgery is performed in a surgery center or hospital.
How is Incisionless Otoplasty Performed?
Incisionless otoplasty is the “no scar” technique. Dr. Eric Carniol and Dr. Paul Carniol will use very tiny needles to help bend the ears. Then, they will use stitches under the skin to hold the ears in the new position. This ear pinning procedure permanently gives a natural appearance to the ears in a new, better position. No scalpel is used. Finally, a light dressing is used overnight only! Sports can be resumed within weeks. The patient is able to be out and about the next day, and resume normal life. Adults may have this procedure performed in the Summit New Jersey office. This surgery can also be performed in the operating room for children and adults if desired.
How is traditional otoplasty performed?
Traditional otoplasty (sometimes called open otoplasty) uses a small incision behind the ear. Then, the cartilage is reshaped brought into the new position. A small amount of tissue is removed behind the ear to promote even further correction. Stitches are removed in about 1 week. Last, the dressing is typically left on for several days. You can resume regular activities in several weeks after cosmetic ear surgery.
Can Otoplasty Be Performed With Other Procedures?
Newborn Ear Deformity
Many babies are born with ear deformities. This includes floppy ears or pointy ears (lop ear, Stahl ear, prominent ear, and other deformities). During the first few days of life, the ear cartilage becomes firmer. Then, the deformity can be permanent. Therefore, Dr. Carniol considers newborn ear deformity an “emergency.” This non-invasive treatment involves taping a small cup-like device over the ear. The retractors hold the ear in a natural contour while it becomes firmer. Dr. Carniol uses the EarWell System. If you have a newborn with an ear deformity, please call us now! 908-598-1400
Dr. Carniol Wrote The Chapter
Dr. Eric Carniol wrote the chapter on Otoplasty, literally. If you would like to check out his chapter on Otoplasty in the leading textbook on surgery of the face, head, and neck, click here.