Ear Surgery (otoplasty)

Even small irregularities about the face can affect appearance and self-esteem. Ear surgery, or otoplasty, improves the shape, symmetry, or proportion of the ears, and corrects defects caused by injury.


Most often performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14, otoplasty sets prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduces the size of large ears. Ear surgery is an outpatient procedure that lasts between 2 and 3 hours. Anesthesia is usually general for young children, but can be local with sedation for older children or adults. Possible risks may include cartilage infection, excessive scarring, blood clots that may need to be drained, mismatched or artificial-looking ears, or recurrence of the protrusion that requires repeat surgery. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail during the consultation, and answer any questions you may have. Otoplasty procedures are also occasionally covered by health insurance, depending on the circumstances.


Improvements from otoplasty are visible immediately once surgical dressings have been removed. Patients can return to work or school within 5 to 7 days after the procedure, but should avoid strenuous activity and contact sports for 1 to 2 months. Temporary side effects during recovery may include throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, or numbness. At Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery, we know that small improvements can make a difference. Contact us to set up your otoplasty consultation today!