Ear surgery for children or adults can set prominent ears back closer to the head and reduce the size of large ears. Surgery may also be helpful for "lop ear," "cupped ear, " and "shell ear," large or stretched earlobes, and lobes with creases and wrinkles. Corrective surgery, called otoplasty, should be considered on ears that stick out more than 4/5 of an inch (2 cm) from the back of the head or ears that have been misshapen or torn by trauma. It can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually by age 6. Having the surgery at a young age has distinct benefits: the cartilage is more pliable, making it easier to reshape, and the child will experience the psychological benefits of the cosmetic improvement. Dr. Dana Khuthaila, a New York City plastic surgeon, performs ear surgery to correct protrusion, reshape, reduce size, or make the ears more symmetrical.
"22 Year Old Unhappy with Profile of the Nose - I always felt that my profile was missing something but I didn't know what I wanted to correct. I realized after taking countless profile selfies that the tip of my nose was lacking perky-ness (If that any makes sense). I've thought about having a rhinoplasty to correct it but I didn't want to break my nose in the process being that all I wanted was structure to the tip. Dr.Khuthaila recommended we try a non surgical temporary treatment and we proceed from there. I was amazed with how quickly and instantly the results were! My nose has the perfect uplift I was looking for and she saved me from going under the knife when it truly was not necessary. The result is exactly what I wanted and I cannot thank her enough for all her help and support. <3 "- S. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2017
"I had undergone a coolsculting treatments few years ago that caused me unfortunate medical condition - I had undergone a coolsculting treatments few years ago that caused me unfortunate medical condition that caused the area treated to keep the fat cells in the form of pokets on both sides , i serched online and found Dr Dana and explained to her that no matter what i did at the Gym those areas wouldn't go away and all reviews onlines indicated that i should have a lipo done . Dr Dana walked me..."- B. / RealSelf / Oct 11, 2017
"Dr. Khuthaila is professional and talented. I have been going to her a number of years now for Botox and fillers, and more recently brought my mother in for a tummy tuck procedure. We can't be more pleased with the results :) I highly recommend her and she remains out most favorite plastic surgeon!"- N.A. / Google / Oct 08, 2017
"Loved my doc - day of surgery - She is just amazing. Super bedside manner , friendly, realistic about results and tells you how it’s going to be and level sets expectations. My kind of doc."- A. / RealSelf / Oct 06, 2017
"I met Dr. Khuthaila through a mutual friend. I have been thinking for a couple years how much I would love to have a breast reduction. Where do you start? Something like this you want to be able to trust in your doctor. Also to know that your doctor is listening to your wants. I found Dr. Kuthaila to be a very dedicated and truly passionate about what she does for people. Plus she listens! I am from Connecticut and was willing to travel into New York so that I could have her do my surgery. I was a bit apprehensive about this , but her location is so easy to get to and out of New York. I started the process and was worried about my insurance coverage from someone out of network. The office people where so helpful and I got my OK. Then we set up date and time and they even booked my hotel for me! Really there was nothing to worry about. Now to the results. I am so happy with the way I look and feel!! No more neck and back pain! Can I say I haven't been this perky since I was 18 years old!! There is a lot to say about being really secure in your choice of surgeons. I would highly recommend Dr. Khuthaila."- L.M. / Yelp / Sep 29, 2017
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ear or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.