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.
"Dr. Sorensen’s work is AMAZING! I trusted his extensive expertise, and I could not be more pleased!"- J. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"Everything about my process and procedure from start to finish was exceptional! Dr. Sorensen and the staff are friendly and professional. I felt valued by the way I was listened to and the treatment I received. Dr. Sorensen and his staff never made me wait, answered all my questions right away, and returned text/phone calls in a timely fashion. I had a breast revision after having 6 pregnancies and I was a little concerned that my breasts were not going to look as good as my first augmentation. Well I am happy to report they look amazing!! Dr. Sorensen gave me results that far exceed anything I was able to dream up before surgery. A lot of people were telling me to go out of state to get better results… well I am extremely satisfied, and I didn’t have to travel, got to stay in the comfort of my home after, and didn’t have to spend the extra money to travel. Stay here… Dr. Sorensen is the way to go!!!"- A.T. / Google / Mar 31, 2018
"I had a procedure in 1 week ago (implant removal), and after having evaluations with several other doctors, I felt very comfortable with Dr Sorensen. I was very impressed with the courtesy, professionalism, efficiency and the overall quality of providers and nurses who work with Dr Sorensen and the rest of the surgical team, but most importantly the skill of Dr Sorensen. I am pleasantly surprised with my results, one week post op and the expediency of my healing process and mild level of associated pain. I highly recommend Dr Sorensen to anyone looking for a surgeon dedicated to excellence."- A.F. / Google / Mar 13, 2018
"Was very impressed with Dr. Sorensen, his office and staff. They were very competent and professional in every way."- D.R. / Google / Feb 12, 2018
"I saw Dr. Sorensen for a breast reduction. I have struggled with thoracic spine and neck pain as a result of having large breast. I was very confident after my initial consultation that a reduction would give me some relief from the daily pain I had been struggling with. Dr. Sorensen and his staff were amazing through the whole process. They worked with my insurance company to make sure I would be covered for the procedure and took the time to answer all of my questions before and after my procedure. Dr. Sorensen saw me often after my surgery to make sure I was healing well. I am so thankful I was able to have this procedure. It has been life changing and I am grateful for such a knowledgeable Dr. and amazing medical staff to get me through it."- A.P. / Google / Feb 11, 2018
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.