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 will recommend Dr Dana to everyone! My surgery involves reconstruction and her work was amazing. After much research, I chose her based on the reviews I gathered online and I couldn't be more happier. I developed minimal scarring with no complications from the her reconstruction work. I had contracture from prior surgery and she corrected it."- B.P. / Yelp / Mar 07, 2018
"It's such a shame Dr. Khuthalia doesn't have a lot of reviews on yelp. Her reviews are mostly on realself, but people look on yelp more. Let me start off by saying you are greeted with warmth as soon as you walk in. The office is beautiful and Dr. Khuthalia is just amazing. She makes you feel comfortable as you are explaining or showing what you want as a result. I originally planned to get my BA done in California bc I found an amazing doctor out there, but I also found Dr. Khuthalia & I'm so happy I did. About 2 weeks after my consultation I believe I was set on her and I put my deposit in for the surgery. After that we decided on my size and I thought I was set. A couple weeks later I was feeling I chose an implant too small so 2 weeks I had another pre-op app. And I chose a size bigger. THEN, (I couldn't stop looking at BA's on the internet and kept doing more research and I saw a different type of implant that I wanted to switch to. I made an app. 4 days before my operation & changed my implants AGAIN kind of last minute. I'm thankful she was able to see me and help me on my choice as to how I wished them to be. I am currently 2 days post-op & still in pain, but my new babies are lookin pretty nice. You will not regret choosing her as your doctor. Love her and her staff!"- N.L. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2017
"My experience with Dr. Dana was beautiful. In addition to her experience and confidence, Dr. Dana is excellent in dealing with patients anxiety. Seriously, I was feeling relaxed while she is injecting me. I am a nervous person when it comes to needles and my pain threshold is very low, however I had my procedure with no pain and I am very happy from the natural look ??"- H.A. / Google / Nov 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
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.