When it comes to facial plastic surgery, prominent facial features such as the eyes or nose are typically first to come to mind. The ears are also important facial features as they provide balance and proportion to the entire face. Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is performed to improve the shape or position of the ear. This procedure can also correct functional problems that are caused by trauma or a congenital disorder. Double board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology, Dr. Fernando Burstein performs otoplasty to address cosmetic and functional concerns.
The most common cosmetic concerns for patients include protrusion and prominence of the ears as well as abnormal folding. Macrotia is the medical condition of overly large ears. Otoplasty addresses macrotia and ear defects caused by trauma or cancer surgery. To reshape the ears, Dr. Burstein employs a cartilage-sparing otoplasty technique that minimizes post-operative risks and the need for revisionary procedures. Incisions are made behind the ear, so scars are hidden within the natural folds of the ear. The goal of otoplasty is to achieve a natural-looking symmetry that decreases the prominence and protrusion of the ear.
Protruding ears can often affect patients’ ability to wear glasses or hearing aids, as well as their physical appearance. To correct protruding ears, Dr. Burstein can increase the antihelical fold located near the rim of the ear and reduce excess conchal cartilage. Dr. Burstein can also reconstruct areas of the ear using the patient’s own cartilage. Ear surgery provides almost immediate plastic surgery results with very little to almost no visible scarring. However, while this procedure may remove minor hearing obstructions, it does not correct any hearing disabilities.
Otoplasty is one of the most commonly performed procedures in children and teenagers. Many young patients are negatively affected by the prominence and protrusion of the ears, both physically and emotionally. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Burstein performs ear surgery on patients of all ages and has authored numerous book chapters and papers discussing ear surgery and his cartilage-sparing technique.
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