Otoplasty is a procedure to re-shape the ear. Patients may have been born with prominent ears (congenital) or may have an injury related deformity.
Dr. Lafer offers both Traditional Otoplasty with an incision in the crease behind the ear as well as Incisionless Otoplasty for patients who are candidates for this minimally invasive technique. Either approach can be performed in the office under local anesthesia for adults or under general anesthesia for children.
Parents are often anxious to have this procedure done as soon as possible. Dr. Lafer prefers to meet with patients and their families once they are considering surgical intervention to discuss the procedure and the process. However, it’s important to wait until the child is at least 5 years old and ideally at 6 years old so that the ear is closer to the adult size prior to surgical intervention. Waiting until the child’s ears are fully grown around age 6 minimizes the potential need for a touch up procedure as the child grows.