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
"Back and Better Than Ever! - What an amazing experience! I had previous implants (9 years old) and had a capsular contraction on one of them. I went in with the intention of getting replacement implants and a lift. Dr. Sorensen was very honest in saying I would not need a lift once he replaced my implants. I am so happy with the results. They look better than they did originally! Dr. Sorensen and his staff were so..."- G. / RealSelf / Aug 21, 2018
"The whole team was great to me! It was by far the best experience I have had."- A.R. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
"I love my new boobs! - My experience with doctor Sorensen was great, he listened to my needs and wants and gave me the boobs I wanted and are perfect for my body shape. I am 120 lbs have 2 kids and I never had boobs so decided to get them done and now I have the boobs I always dreamed of! I got 445cc UHP Silicone, round smooth implants. Very happy with my results, now I feel more confident and like a woman!"- K. / RealSelf / Jul 21, 2018
"Dr. Sorensen performed a breast augmentation and lift for me in January 2018. I was very apprehensive about the procedure due to the cost and all other aspects that come along with surgery. Dr. Sorensen and his staff were amazing! He was very honest, straight forward, and detailed when discussing the surgery. His staff helped me prepare so that post surgery recovery time was minimal. I will never regret my decision to move forward with this procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Sorensen and his staff."- M.J. / Google / Jul 13, 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.