Otoplasty: The Ins and Outs of Ear Surgery

When we think about plastic surgery, we tend to think of neck-tightening, rhinoplasty, cheek augmentations, or lip fillers, but there are many other plastic surgery procedures that fly under the radar, but still have plenty of potential to enrich a patient’s life by increasing their confidence! One such procedure in which Dr. Burke Robinson is a recognized specialist is in otoplasty, or ear surgery.


There can be many reasons for otoplasty, some cosmetic and others medical, such as reducing a tendency for ear infections or improving hearing, but no matter what your goals, Dr. Robinson’s experienced hand is the right one to guide you!

The Consultation

Before any plastic surgery procedure at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, you’ll sit down for an in-depth, complimentary consultation with Dr. Robinson. This can be conducted virtually or in-office, but no matter the medium, this conversation between you and your surgeon is a private, comprehensive discussion. We want to learn your goals and share with you our honest expectations for process, treatment, and results, as well as answer any questions you may have.

A former patient said “I had an otoplasty done by Dr. Robinson, and I could not be more pleased. From the beginning, he was friendly and direct, and told me exactly what I could expect.” Read more about this patient’s experience and other reviews on our website

What to Expect

Cosmetic ear surgery can correct many issues, ranging from ears that stick out too far, ear lobe shape, elongated or completely torn ear lobe piercings, asymmetries, deformities, or tissue loss. In all external cosmetic cases, ear surgery requires an incision. This can be to trim away cartilage, tighten skin, or apply stitches to shape ear cartilage.

Ear surgery is viable for people of all types, even for children once they are age 5. In fact, otoplasty is performed more often on children than adults!

Most patients are the best judge of whether or not they are a good candidate for otoplasty. Whether because they’re aware of an abnormality genetically passed down from a family member, or simply know they are not confident in the appearance of their ears.


After an Otoplasty, a dressing is applied immediately after surgery and remains for one day, then patients wear a soft headband at night to protect their ears until fully healed. Ear surgery patients typically experience some swelling and discomfort but are able to go back to work or school in less than a week, and can return to full physical activity after two.

If you’re considering otoplasty or another cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, reach out to Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery! We’re looking forward to hearing from you and learning how we can be a part of your journey towards your best self. Contact us by calling our office at (770) 667-3090 or scheduling a consultation on our website.