Ear surgery is a cosmetic surgery offered by Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Ed Domanskis that reforms misshapen ears to a normal appearance. There are a number of ear deformities that may be hereditary, or occur as a result from birth or a traumatic injury. The most common correction is among children to reshape ears that appear large and protruding, or ‘hidden ears’ (those that are underdeveloped and appear flattened to the skull). The surgery reshapes the ear cartilages with splints in the cases of younger children. This surgery is recommended for children before the start of elementary school to avoid emotional distress that teasing can cause from a visible physical deformity.
Torn Earlobe Care
Ear surgery may also involve a torn earlobe. This can occur with heavy earrings or through other trauma. The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the tear is removed, and using either a skin graft or donated cartilage, a new lobe is reconstructed. Sutures are used that are placed in both the front and back of the ear and will remain intact for several weeks. Several follow-up visits may be required so that the sutures can be removed in staged phases to ensure the lobe is strong and aesthetically appealing.
"I will be seeing Dr D in October. He will be fixing years of BOTCHED work. His staff are pleasant, insightful and all around awesome. Its a big deal to take my case on and I'm proud to say even before the work is done, I have FINALLY made the right choice. AND I'm coming all the way from Canada! Im soooo freaking excited!So I had my surgery in early October. It was quite the case although Dr D has such great energy all the fear I had was alleviated. I had a few issues after the fact that caused me to return to him and Orange County (basically the poor skin quality from all the previous surgeons BOTCHED work). Again he was unphased. He's a genius, talked me through all steps, what we should do and my aftercare. Rachelle and himself took great care of me. Also nurse Julie I'd highly recommend if travelling alone which I was this time. He makes himself available to you 24/7 which you pretty much never see. HIs work is amazing, hes pleasant, kind and compassionate as is Rachelle. I wish I had gone to him in 2012 like I had initially planned. If I could rate him 100 out of 10 I would.Love his and his teamSE"- S.E. / Google / Nov 28, 2019
"So I’m complicated. Years of botched work from prior surgeons. Nothing phases Dr Domanskis. He always has a plan. I’m travelling from Canada, he’s amazing. I have his cell. He always answers, and I’m high mtce. I’ve never seen such skill and compassion. His staff are amazing. There IS no better surgeon and trust me I know. These were all breast complications but he also did ab etch and let me tell you it’s amazing work! Pics to come. I love him and his staff! Xo"- S. / Healthgrades / Nov 19, 2019
"Dr. Domanskis has performed surgical procedures on both, wife and I and he is by far the best. His knowledge and patient centric approach making you comfortable by informing you on every step of the way was more than we hopped for. What an outstanding doctor !! Well done Dr. Domanskis."- C.B. / Yelp / Oct 21, 2019
"Dr. Domanskis is the best Plastic Surgeon! I would give him 20 stars if I could. He just performed an En Bloc Capsulectomy on me 3-weeks ago, tomorrow. I am pleased with the results, I feel great and am so happy that I had this done. I feel great after just 3-weeks post-surgery, it's unbelievable.When I initially called his office to schedule my Consultation with Dr. D, Rachelle took my call and was so incredibly helpful in answering all of my questions and has always been so kind and understanding. At my appointment with Dr. D, he was so thorough and informative. He answered all of my questions big and small and got me to a point prior to surgery that I knew exactly what to expect afterwards. He fully explained the process of the surgery, so I understood exactly what he would be doing to remove the capsule and implants. After surgery he made sure to follow-up with me to make sure I was doing okay and to make sure I didn’t have any issues/ concerns. He is empathetic and has the best bedside manner. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone that is looking to have surgery – big or small."- S.D. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
"I will be seeing Dr D in October. He will be fixing years of BOTCHED work. His staff are pleasant, insightful and all around awesome. Its a big deal to take my case on and I'm proud to say even before the work is done, I have FINALLY made the right choice. AND I'm coming all the way from Canada! Im soooo freaking excited!"- S.E. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
In the cases of protruding ears, the cartilages are reformed and sometimes supported by splints. Soft tissues may also be trimmed away. The incisions are made behind the ear to reveal the ear’s confines. The ears will be repositioned by tightening the skin and then sutured. In cases of hidden ears, when cartilages are not fully developed, manipulations may include reshaping the cartilages by pulling or repositioning while splints are placed as supports. Sometimes, tissue grafting is also necessary to render volume.
Otoplasties are performed with general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home for recovery. The ear will be bandaged to keep the new position and shape in place. This also helps so that children cannot touch or play with their ears, which may complicate healing. Activities must be limited, especially within the first week. Scars will remain hidden behind the ears or within the natural folds if the incisions are made in front of the ear.
Ear surgery, depending on the case, can run between $3,000 to $5,000. For more complex cases, these costs may increase. Generally, health insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures such as otoplasty. However, there are rare exemptions especially if trauma occurred or if a birth defect is in question.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 7-14 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQs
The ears typically mature faster than any other part of the body, therefore, at an appropriate age and time when surgical adjustments are made, the results are generally long lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal and a secondary otoplasty is usually not needed.
When To Have Otoplasty?
On average, 5-6 year olds are ideal candidates for otoplasty as the ear will be already developed and the cartilage and tissues will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also recommended as it is a time before any schooling, which helps to avoid teasing.
One Or Both Ears?
Usually, the condition is symmetrical to both ears. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are placed. If the procedure is only for one ear, the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.