Protruding Ears (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty of the ears, commonly referred to as ear reduction surgery, ear pinning surgery or surgery to pin the ears back corrects protruding and abnormally positioned ears by moving them closer to the head and improving their contour by reshaping them.

What to Expect

  • Anesthesia – Young children: Usually general. Older children or adults: Local with IV sedation or general.
  • Length of Surgery – 2 to 3 hours
  • In / Outpatient – Usually out-patient in our accredited office operating room suite or in a hospital setting. Children under 16 must have the procedure performed in a hospital setting.
  • Recovery – Back to work or school: 5 to 10 days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months.
  • Duration of Results – Lasts for several years, results vary.

The Procedure

Incisions are made along the back of the ears. A strip of skin is removed from behind the ears. Normal ear contour is formed either by suturing and/or excising the excess cartilage. The ears are not exactly symmetrical before or after your ear surgery.

How old do you have to be?

Otoplasty can be performed anytime after the age of four years old.

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What Are the Risks?

No surgical procedure is risk-free, and that includes cosmetic surgery like ear surgery. During your consultation with Dr. Sabbagh, he will review the risks so you can make an educated decision. With an established track record of over 80 years, an accredited facility, and thousands of satisfied patients throughout Dearborn, metro Detroit, Michigan and the U.S., the Straith Clinic has earned an excellent reputation for cosmetic surgery of the face and body. Call us today at 248-270-5272 or send us an email to schedule a consultation during which you can discuss our facial and body services and tour our facility, including our on-site operating facility.

Does otoplasty last forever?

Yes! Your otoplasty results and the appearance of your ears will be permanent.

How do you sleep after ear surgery?

To minimize swelling and keep pressure off your healing ears, sleep with your head elevated for a week after surgery.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

Hearing loss due to otoplasty is an extremely rare condition and is not likely to happen.

How long is otoplasty surgery?

Otoplasty takes about 2-3 hours depending on the severity.

Can I drive after ear surgery?

After ear surgery and the anesthesia that goes with it, you may have some ear pain and feel groggy for a few days to a week or so. It is recommended you do not drive for at least a few days or until the groggy feeling has passed.

How dangerous is ear surgery?

Ear surgery is a safe procedure but has the same risks as any surgery: bleeding, infection, recurrence, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and scarring

How is ear surgery done?

An incision is made behind each ear and a small strip of skin is removed. The ear cartilage will then be sutured to bring it closer to the head or removed if there is a significant amount of excess tissue.

How long after otoplasty can I exercise?

You may be able to start light activities such as walking within a couple of days after your otoplasty but should wait three weeks for more strenuous exercise and movement.

How long does it take to recover from ear surgery?

You will be able to return to school or work in about a week, but you should wait to undergo strenuous activity and exercise for about 3 weeks.

How long does pain/headache last after otoplasty?

How long does pain/headache last after otoplasty?