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Otoplasty surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the ears. This is often done to address excessively protruding ears, abnormally large ears, or other ear deformities such as sometimes seen after skin cancer resection.

Otoplasty is appropriate for a patient of any age who is bothered by the appearance of his or her ears. Often surgery is done as early as 5 years old, once the ears have reached full size and before the child enters school.

Surgery is performed through an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. Dr. Obourn typically utilizes “cartilage-sparing” techniques that involve placement of a series of sutures to help reshape the ear. That being said, this is a highly customizable procedure and Dr. Obourn will come up with your surgical plan based on your specific concerns and goals.

Otoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia or using local anesthesia with some sedation in the office. General anesthesia is usually necessary for younger children.


  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Scarring

  • Hematoma (collection of fluid under the skin requiring drainage)

  • Pain

  • Asymmetry

  • Temporary or permanent paresthesias (i.e. numbness, tingling, pins/needles, etc.)



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