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
"Dr. Sorensen is a fantastic surgeon. I had a TT 3/14/18 after a lifetime of weight gain and weightloss. I never thought I would see the day where i could comfortably wear a thin white t shirt without having to wear spanx. His work is excels, he is precise and efficient!. I have a very thin line for my incision and its lightening with each passing day. He gave me a cute belly button and was very helpful during my recovery. I recommend Dr. Sorensen to anyone who listens. My only regret is not getting BL and arm reduction during my TT procedure. You will not be disappointed. Additonally, the girls in the office are so great. Val has injected my lips twice and done a great job, Harmony is wonderful and so sweet. They are very patient with questions. I love my results, thank you!"- I.G. / Google / Jun 01, 2018
"I had Abdominal plasty May 15, 2018 so far I’m very happy with my results it’s only been a week and a half but it looks amazing! The staff are all very helpful in answering my questions And very nice every time I call.. I would definitely recommend Dr. Sorensen"- T.R. / Google / May 25, 2018
"I am very happy with my results from my breast augmentation, they look really good and natural and suits my body perfectly. Dr. Sorensen did an amazing job and I recommend him!"- K.J. / Google / May 23, 2018
"Dr Sorensen did my tummy tuck on March 5, 2018. So happy with my results. Surgery was a breeze, just had to plan ahead for the down time. Dr. Sorensen’s work and staff are phenomenal. Felt extremely confident and comfortable at initial meeting, and always delighted to see the doc and his staff. Absolutely LOVE my results, can’t say that enough! Highly recommend Dr. Sorensen and have already referred him to friends."- D.D. / Google / May 10, 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.