Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that can enhance the appearance of the ears. Ear surgery can reshape the ears, improve their size or protrusion, or correct ear deformities. It can also improve the appearance of stretched or gauged earlobes. Even patients who are missing one or both ears from birth or injury can have new ears constructed with otoplasty. Dr. Chiu performs ear surgery at his Beverly Hills practice to help normalize patients’ ears and improve their appearance, confidence, and self-image.

Considering Ear Surgery?

Correct Ear Deformities or Injuries

Otoplasty can correct ear deformities or injuries such as lop ear, cupped ear, shell ear, and cauliflower ear. Surgery can help your ears look more natural so that they blend in well with your features.

Reduce Ear Size or Protrusion

Ears that noticeably stick out from the head or that are large or prominent may cause feelings of self-consciousness. Dr. Chiu can perform otoplasty to make your ears smaller and lessen the degree to which they protrude from the side of your head. After surgery, your ears will look more balanced and will no longer draw attention.

Improve Earlobes

Some earlobes are naturally large or develop creases or wrinkles. Others may become stretched or develop unsightly holes due to wearing heavy earrings or gauges. Otoplasty can correct these issues and restore a more natural appearance to the earlobes.

Rebuild a Missing Ear

Some candidates for ear surgery are missing one or both ears due to injury or a congenital deformity. Missing the outer ears does not affect hearing, but it may draw unwanted attention. Dr. Chiu can use natural tissues and cartilage to reconstruct a missing ear and restore your appearance.

Boost Self-Esteem and Confidence

Many individuals experience self-esteem issues, poor self-confidence, and social anxiety or ridicule due to the appearance of their ears. Children are particularly vulnerable to emotional and psychological trauma from the mockery from other children. Otoplasty can enhance your ears and boost your self-esteem and confidence

Your Otoplasty Experience

During your initial consultation, Dr. Chiu will evaluate your goals and your ears to determine the best way to improve your ear appearance. Age and timing are particularly important factors that will influence what changes are possible.

Ear Surgery for Children

  • The ear cartilage is soft and pliable, allowing for excellent correction and reshaping of the ear
  • General anesthesia is recommended
  • Typical procedure length is two to three hours
  • Dr. Chiu may make a small incision behind the ear to sculpt the ear cartilage
  • In some cases, Dr. Chiu will remove some cartilage from the ear
  • Stitches may be used to reshape the ear or fold the existing cartilage

Ear Surgery for Adults

  • The ear cartilage is firm, but moderate correction is possible and can enhance the appearance of the ears
  • General or local anesthesia with a sedative may be used
  • Typical procedure length is two to three hours
  • Dr. Chiu may make a small incision behind the ear to sculpt the ear cartilage
  • In some cases, Dr. Chiu will remove some cartilage from the ear
  • Stitches may be used to reshape the ear or fold the existing cartilage

Recovery After Ear Surgery

  • Immediately After

    A soft, bulky dressing will be applied to each ear to promote healing and effective molding of the tissues. Patients should avoid sleeping on their sides and may relieve any mild discomfort with pain medications. A headband may be recommended for temporarily regular wear to hold the ears in their desired position.

  • 5 to 7 Days

    The stitches will dissolve or will be removed. Adults can usually return to work after five days. Children can return to school after one week if they are careful about playground activity. If applicable, the headband should still be worn consistently. Patients should continue to avoid sleeping on their sides.

  • 2 Weeks

    Patients can stop wearing the headband but should avoid any activity that could bend the ears, including sleeping on their sides.

  • 1 Month to 6 Weeks

    Patients should feel back to normal, resume all normal activities, and be able to fully enjoy their results.

Patient Testimonials

At Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Inc., Dr. Chiu can recommend the procedures that will help you achieve the results you want, based on your individual needs.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is ear surgery covered by medical insurance?

Insurance coverage may be available for your ear surgery depending on your reasons for undergoing the procedure. Insurance will not cover ear surgery that is performed for cosmetic reasons, but it may partially or wholly reimburse ear surgery that is performed to correct injuries or birth defects. If you are considering ear surgery, check with your insurance provider to learn what coverage options may be available for you.

Who is an ideal candidate for ear surgery?

Ideal candidates for ear surgery are healthy individuals whose ears have reached their full size. This usually occurs around age five or six. While adults can have excellent results with otoplasty, adult ears have firm cartilage that cannot be molded as easily as children’s ears, which have softer and more pliable cartilage. The best candidates are younger children because their ears will be the easiest to reshape and they will likely experience the greatest psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement.

Will ear surgery affect my hearing?

Otoplasty manipulates only the tissues of the outer ear. Therefore, it will not affect your hearin

Will I have scars?

Otoplasty leaves only a thin white scar behind the ear. This scar is hidden within the natural creases of the ear and will not be visible.

What are the risks of otoplasty?

There are few risks associated with otoplasty. Rarely, patients may develop a blood clot or infection. A blood clot may dissolve on its own or be resolved with a needle. An infection can be treated with antibiotics or, in even rarer cases, surgery.

What kind of results can I expect?

Ear surgery enhances the appearance of the ears so that they look natural, attractive, and balanced with your facial features, face shape, and head shape. Patients are typically thrilled with the results of ear surgery.

How long will the results last?

The results of ear surgery are generally permanent, which means that patients can enjoy their results for the rest of their lifetime.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc.
A Medical Corporation

9454 Wilshire Boulevard
(Ground floor at S. Beverly Drive)
Beverly Hills, California 90212

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