Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM
Call Us 812-463-4770

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

ear surgery (OTOPlasty)

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a simple surgical procedure that repositions the ears closer to the head and can sometimes reduce overly large ears. This procedure is highly customizable; however, most patients choose this treatment to see their ears lie flatter against their heads.

Most otoplasty candidates ears’ protrude more than three millimeters from the scalp.

Who can benefit from ear surgery?

Ear surgery is unique in that it can be performed on children as well as on adults. Development of the pinna (outer ear cartilage) usually completes by the age of five or six. Therefore, children as young as five or six may be candidates for otoplasty (as long as their ears have developed).

Many parents consider this surgery for their children to help them avoid the hurtful teasing often associated with large and protruding ears.

While this surgery is often performed on children, adults of all ages can also benefit.

How is Otoplasty performed?

With adults, otoplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia with a sedative. Children usually do best with general anesthesia, so that they will be completely asleep.

An incision is made behind the ear to ensure that the resulting scar remains hidden. Through this incision, Dr. Kottwitz will reshape the ear cartilage using a combination of strategic sutures, scoring, and tissue removal.

The ear is then repositioned and sutured in place. Ear surgery usually takes 1-2 hours to complete.

How long is recovery after ear surgery?

After otoplasty, you will have a large pressure dressing on your ears to prevent swelling and fluid buildup. Dr. Kottwitz will remove this dressing after 2-3 days, and you can then wash your hair.

You’ll need to be very careful when washing or styling your hair as your sutures heal over the following 2-3 weeks.

Bruising and swelling normally disappear within the first week, at which time patients can return to work or school.

Meet our EAR SURGERY expert

Dr. Kate Kottwitz

Dr. Kottwitz knows that having overly large ears or ears that protrude far from the head can cause ridicule for men, women and children. If you are considering ear surgery, schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Kottwitz to learn your options.

Dr. Kottwitz is dedicated to providing patients with safe, personalized and professional care, and has the training and experience needed to produce beautiful aesthetic results.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have questions about Otoplasty, or ear surgery, do not hesitate to book a personalized consultation with Dr. Kottwitz at Gateway Cosmetics in Newburgh. We look forward to helping you!

request a consult

Ready for a consultation?

    We'll Call You back