Ear Surgery

The surgeons at Gallaher Plastic Surgery offer the best procedures for the entire body, producing an outcome you’ll love.
Here you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding procedures as well as financing options and help with making arrangements and preparations for your procedure.

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

Who is an Ear Surgery Candidate?

Ear surgery can be performed as early as age 4, as this is the age when ears are considered fully grown. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.

Besides protruding ears, there are a variety of other ear problems that can be helped with surgery. These include: “lop ear,” when the tip seems to fold down and forward; “cupped ear,” which is usually a very small ear; and “shell ear,” when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing. Surgery can also improve large or stretched earlobes, or lobes with large creases and wrinkles.

What Results Can I Expect?

Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. But keep in mind, the goal is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly—perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears. If you’ve openly discussed your expectations with us before the operation, chances are, you’ll be quite pleased with the result.

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