Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Description

Surgical procedure to reshape the ears to improve or enhance facial symmetry. Otoplasty will reshape/reposition the ears, and ear lobe reduction will reduce the size (length) of the ear lobe.

Length of Surgery

One to two hours

In / Outpatient



Local, local with IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment

Return to work or school in 5 to 14 days. Avoid strenuous activity for 1 to 3 weeks.

Treatment Frequency


Risks-Include but not limited to

Infection, bleeding, asymmetry, irregular scar formation, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results

Permanent, but aging may affect results.

Essential Questions

  1. What technique do you recommend for me?
  2. Where will the incisions and resulting scars be located?
  3. What is your experience with this procedure?
  4. Will people be able to tell I had an Otoplasty?
  5. Where will the procedure be performed and what type of anesthesia will be used?