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Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.  Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.  Children, teenagers and adults with the following may benefit from Otoplasty:


  • Overly large ears
  • Protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees
  • Dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery or trauma


In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  During the consultation, your ears will be examined to determine if you would benefit from this procedure.  Prior to surgery you will have a good understanding of the procedure, plan, and recovery

Ear Surgery:


  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating room or clinic
  • Hospital Status: Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery: 1-2 hours
  • Anesthesia: Local or General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative: Bandages cover the ears during healing to protect and support the ear’s new shape.  Stitches will be tucked behind the ears in the natural creases.
  • Recovery Time: Return to normal daily routine in one week, two to three weeks avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fade.
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of several weeks.