Otoplasty in Long Island, NY
Otoplasty is an ear surgery that may be performed for cosmetic or functional purposes. Otoplasty to improve the ear function is most commonly performed on children, but older patients may benefit as well. In Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York, Eunice E. Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), offers otoplasty to improve ear function.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is any type of surgery that is performed on the ears, and it may be cosmetic in nature or recommended to improve the function of the ears. Children are the most common patients who undergo otoplasty for functional reasons, but certain adults may benefit as well.
Dr. Park may recommend otoplasty to help with:
- Birth defects associated with missing or abnormal ears
- Ears that droop or sag due to abnormalities of the cartilage
Otoplasty may also be recommended if the ear suffers trauma or injury.
Benefits of Otoplasty
Otoplasty is not intended to help with problems that affect a person’s hearing. Instead, the surgery aims to resolve problems with ear shape and size that may affect one’s confidence and comfort in social situations. Depending on the nature of the abnormality or injury, going without treatment may increase the risk of developing complications, such as ear infections.
Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?
If you are considering otoplasty for your child, consult with Dr. Park to determine an age when the procedure should be performed. She may recommend that you wait until your child’s ears are fully developed. If you are an adult who is interested in otoplasty, the procedure can take place at any time.
What to Expect from Otoplasty
Otoplasty may involve a variety of techniques that are tailored to your needs, such as:
- Removing skin and cartilage
- Using cartilage grafts
- Reshaping the cartilage
One of the most effective methods for otoplasty on children is ear molding. The procedure uses a special device to mold the cartilage in patients who do not have a natural ear fold.
After the surgery, the ears need to be protected from injury, and this can be challenging with children. During the consultation, Dr. Park will discuss aftercare and precautions to take.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Long Island, NY?
Otoplasty may be covered in part by your medical insurance based on the nature of the surgery. After the consultation, we review your coverage and provide an estimate of your out-of-pocket costs. Your cost may vary based on the determination by your insurance carrier. For your convenience, we offer several payments options, including cash, checks and major credit cards.
Otoplasty improves the look and function of the ears. The surgery may be appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults. If you live in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York and would like to learn more about otoplasty by Dr. Eunice E. Park, contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.