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For some, protruding ears can be a cause for embarrassment. Many say that large or protruding “bat ears” can lead to a lack of self-confidence.

Many children experience teasing and being bullied for their ears, which leads to lower self-esteem and low self-confidence. This can also lead a child to misbehave or become introverted. Dr. Lowell Hughes performs otoplasty for patients in our region to create a more pleasing size and shape for protruding ears.


Studies have shown that the emotional benefits from an Otoplasty procedure include:

  • Immediate increased confidence
  • Immediate increase in self esteem
  • Negative attention ceases

How long does Ear Surgery take?

Most Otoplasty procedures are performed in 2-3 hours.

Otoplasty or ear reshaping is performed on an outpatient basis with local or general anesthetic, and general is usually used for children so they don’t feel any pain.

Your surgeon performs Otoplasty by making a small incision at the back of the ear to reveal the ear cartilage, and then the surgeon reshapes the cartilage inside the ear. Stitches will hold the patient’s ears back; thus the term "ear pinning". The marks from the incision are naturally hidden within the fold behind the ear.

Ear surgery recovery period

Once the stitches have closed the incisions, a soft bandage will be wrapped over and around the ears to keep them in the desired position and protect them until they heal. The bandages will be removed in a week or so along with the stitches. The shape of your new ears will be visible immediately.