Frequently Asked Questions
Who should get this procedure and what are the expected results?
Those who have ears that protrude from the head, are larger or smaller than normal, or have an abnormal shape may consider otoplasty to create a more balanced appearance. Individuals whose ear shape has been altered due to injury, trauma or a structural issue from birth may benefit from this procedure.
What should I expect before my procedure?
During your consultation, we will do a full evaluation of your ears and facial structures, discuss your goals and recommend an individualized surgical plan that takes those goals into account, as well as ethnicity and cultural heritage. Based upon the amount of reshaping, surgeries are generally performed under local anesthesia in an operating room or outpatient setting. Most surgeries take two to three hours.
What should I expect after my procedure?
Typically, an overnight hospital stay is not needed, and you can go home the same day. Your ears will be bandaged. For most patients, some pain, swelling and bruising will be present. You may come back in for removal of stitches within a week. Keep pressure off the ears and sleep with a headband for about a month after the procedure. After one to two weeks, you may feel well enough to resume normal activities. Minimizing exposure to direct sun is recommended, and if you must go outdoors, wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen is recommended. Results should be immediately apparent and will improve as your ears heal.
Why should I consider surgery?
If the appearance or balance of your ears to each other or your overall face is a concern to you, you may be a candidate for surgery. Otoplasty is one of the few procedures to change the shape or position of the ears. It is a generally well-tolerated surgery.
Can this be combined with other procedures?
Yes! Common surgeries combined with a otoplasty include facelift or brow lift. Other body contouring procedures can be done at the same time. Schedule a consult with one our surgeons to determine what is the best approach for you.