Ears that stick out from the head are distressing to children as well as adults. Boise’s board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sorensen, surgically reshapes and repositions the ears to fit naturally with the patient’s face. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can correct and reshape the ears on patients as young as the age of 6. If an abnormality can be seen at an earlier age, Dr. Sorensen recommends correcting the tissue before entering elementary school. With otoplasty, Boise patients will no longer be anxious about their ears from any angle, and will be able to regain their confidence.
"So Caring and Personable - Val & Harmony are the staff that supports the Dr. They are caring and call you by name and always always have a smile. Dr. Sorensen doesn't make you feel self conscious, he is very professional and caring. He will be upfront about what he can do for you. His prices are very fair. I can't imagine using anyone else for my Abdominoplasty. He was always on-time and accommodating to work around my unusual hours where I work."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 10, 2017
"Had some damage to my tummy after three c-sections. They cleaned that right up! Great experience."- N.P. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"I have come to Dr. Sorensen for two surgeries after losing over 120 pounds. He worked magic with my tummy tuck and breast lift w/implants! I finally have the self confidence I have always wanted. My recovery with so smooth and no complications what so ever. I can’t thank him enough. I highly recommend seeing him for your cosmetic needs."- B.S. / Google / Nov 05, 2017
"I have come to Dr. Sorensen for two surgeries after losing over 120 pounds. He worked magic with my tummy tuck and breast lift w/implants! I finally have the self confidence I have always wanted. My recovery with so smooth and no complications what so ever. I can?t thank him enough. I highly recommend seeing him for your cosmetic needs."- B.S. / Google / Oct 23, 2017
"I am extremely happy with my results. Dr. Sorensen and his staff are very personal and have been wonderful to work with. Dr. Sorensen was very professional and knew what would work best for my body. He pays very close attention to detail and I would recommend him to anyone. I live out of the Boise area and he has made it very easy to see him at any time I need to. I have had many questions throughout my experience and his staff, Harmony and Val, have always been so nice and friendly and able to answer any of my questions with a friendly response. I actually have been quite amazed with all the attention they have given to me. I went with 450cc with the Dr's recommendation on a breast augmentation and my husband and I absolutely love them. I will also return to their office for further skin care."- J.C. / Google / Oct 08, 2017
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
All otoplasties are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
The average cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. However, the national average for this surgery ranges between $5,500-$6,700. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost Per Treatment
- $5,500 - $6,700
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQS
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.