Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Earlobe Repair) Fort Worth, TX

What to Expect During And After Surgery

What to Expect During and After Surgery
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. A typical, uncomplicated otoplasty takes approximately 2 hours to complete. At discharge, a patient’s head is carefully wrapped in compression bandages to wear home. In a few days, this bandage is replaced for a lighter bandage. You will have some discomfort at first, especially upon attempted movement or wiggling of the ears. The healing process takes time, and most discomfort eases within a few days. Children should be monitored to avoid touching or otherwise disrupting the ears while they heal.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $4,000 - $6,500
Recovery Time 1 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 2 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1 Week
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Surgical Technique

The specific technique chosen for each ear surgery will depend on the abnormality being corrected. The amount of existing ear cartilage a patient has is important in determining the best approach to Otoplasty. Too little cartilage supporting the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage at the ear canal are both issues that can affect the final result and cause ears to protrude outward. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be carefully analyzed, and removed or reshaped as necessary. The cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. Great care is taken to ensure that any scarring is hidden within the natural folds of skin.


Commonly referred to as “pinning” of the ears, Otoplasty is a common technique available to both children and adults to correct external ear defects that are present from birth or sustained from injury. For children born with large or protruding ears, the resultant teasing by schoolmates can destroy their self-confidence, making socializing a dreaded experience. Fortunately, protruding ears can be successfully remedied fairly early in life, usually around age five to six. By this age, a child’s ears have reached their full size, allowing corrective ear surgery to be accomplished as soon as a child is mature enough to cooperate with post-operative instructions and restrictions.

For adult patients, Dr. Daniels may select a different approach to reshape the ears and aid in providing a more symmetrical appearance to each patient’s individual facial contours. In your consultation with Dr. Daniels at Anderson Plastic Surgery, you will learn about a variety of techniques that provide Fort Worth otoplasty patients exceptional results and natural-looking facial symmetry.

Ear Surgery FAQs

Permanent Results?
Otoplasty results are intended to be long-lasting. But as is true with most cosmetic procedures, gravity and the aging process can affect appearance of ear positioning over time. Regardless of any subtle laxity, the improvements made by ear surgery will remain significant.

Ideal Age?
The best time for a child to undergo ear pinning surgery is around age five to six. This is when the ears have grown to their full size but the cartilage is still pliable enough for reshaping. Completing the procedure before a child begins school has the added benefit of avoiding any social or psychological embarrassment the child may endure from peers.