What is Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is performed to change the position, shape, or size of the ears. Is usually used to address ears that stick out too far from the head or appear too large relative to the head. Cosmetic otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached their full size, which is usually after the age of five. The goal is to create a more natural shape to the ear while ensuring the ears are balanced and proportionate with the head.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Ear Surgery?

Children, teenagers, and adults can benefit from ear surgery. Many people choose this procedure if they have ears that stick out too far from their head, ears that are too large in proportion to their head, or if they are unhappy with the results from a previous ear surgery. Ideal candidates are in good general health, non smokers with a realistic expectations. The best way to determine if ear surgery is right for you is through a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.

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Ear Surgery Process

The specific technique that is used to perform your ear surgery may differ depending on the area of concern. To correct protruding ears, incisions are generally made on the back surface of the ear. However, incisions may also be necessary on the front of the ear and are made within the folds to hide scarring. Through these incisions, excess cartilage and skin may be removed, and the cartilage of the ear will be folded into the proper position and secured with internal stitches.

Recovery Process

Ear Surgery Recovery

4-6 weeks

Your ears will be bandaged following ear surgery for support and protection. Some soreness and itching may occur, and this will subside with time. It is important that you keep pressure off of your ears by sleeping on your back for several weeks after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drive after ear surgery?

You should not drive if you are taking any pain medications after ear surgery.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

Otoplasty should not affect your hearing.

Does otoplasty last forever?

Changes made through otoplasty are permanent. However, it is possible to see some changes in your results due to damage from injury or slight drooping in the earlobes due to aging.

How do you sleep after ear surgery?

It is best to sleep or rest on your back with your head elevated for the first week after your ear surgery.

How long after otoplasty can I exercise?

Patients can typically resume normal exercise, about 4 weeks after otoplasty. You should always wait until your plastic surgeon clears you to do so.

How long does it take to recover from ear surgery?

Recovery from ear surgery typically takes a few weeks. We typically recommend patients take 1 week off from work as they will have to wear a special headwrap dressing. After that they will need to make sure to protect the surgical incisions from sun exposure.

How long is ear surgery?

Most otoplasty procedures can be completed in two hours or less.

How long is otoplasty surgery?

Most otoplasty procedures can be completed in two hours or less.

How long should I wear headband after otoplasty?

In most cases, patients are instructed to wear a headband to support the ears while sleeping for six to eight weeks after ear surgery.

Is otoplasty a safe procedure?

Otoplasty is safe for the appropriate candidates. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will review your health history to ensure that ear surgery is safe for you.

What is ear surgery called?

Cosmetic ear surgery is referred to as otoplasty.

What kind of doctor does ear surgery?

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is performed by a plastic surgeon.

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