Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)


Ears that are very large or “stick out” too far from the rest of your head may sometimes be a source of embarrassment. Significant asymmetry between the two sides may also be bothersome to some patients. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve facial symmetry and reposition overly prominent or protruding ears. During this procedure, the size, position, and shape of the ear can be altered.

The surgery may be done in both children, teenagers, and adults. This procedure does not change a person’s hearing. The incision is hidden behind the ears where it is not visible.

Who are ideal candidates for Otoplasty?

Good candidates for otoplasty are patients who are in overall good health, are non-smokers, and have a general idea of what changes they are interested in making. This surgery is very different in every patient, and Dr. Thomas will talk with you and formulate a plan that fits your personal goals and objectives.

During the surgery

Dr. Thomas performs otoplasty surgery in downtown Chicago and has operating privileges at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and at 900 North Michigan Surgical Center. You will be able to go home as soon as you recover from your sedation, but someone over the age of 18 should stay with you the first night in case you need any assistance.

Post-operative instructions

You may be asked to wear a dressing after your surgery to aid in the healing process. After surgery, there will be mild pain and swelling, both of which should resolve mostly after about 5 to 7 days.

How soon can I return to work?

You should be able to return to light work after about 1 week, but you will continue to heal and improve over the first few months after your surgery. You will come back to the office in approximately 1 week for your post-operative visit.

Before and After