Prominent Ear Repair – Otoplasty

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Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, improves the shape, position and proportion of the ear. Ear surgery to restore missing tissue, after injuries or cancer, may be covered by insurance. The procedure has variable duration, depending on the specific problems being addressed during surgery and may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. Incisions are concealed in the back of the ear. Most commonly it is performed to bring the ears closer to the head (pin back).

The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.


  • Can correct a defect in the ear structure or misshapen ears caused by injury
  • Creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face
  • Treats overly large ears
  • Treats protruding ears occurring on one or both sides


Ear surgery is a good option for patients who wish to improve their facial profile, are in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.


Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks.

All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in ear surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.

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