Otoplasty FAQs

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Otoplasty FAQs

Will my ears be smaller after having otoplasty surgery?

They will look less protuberant and they may look smaller but the actual size of the ear will be the same.

Will my hearing be worse once I've had otoplasty surgery?

Hearing in not affected by operating on the outer ear in otoplasty surgery.

Will insurance cover this surgery?

Usually not. Typically, there is no medical need for otoplasty surgery.

Is it true that younger patients have softer, more malleable ear cartilage than adults?

Yes. With normal aging, the ear cartilage becomes more fibrous and less pliable.

How long is recovery following otoplasty surgery?

A dressing is worn around the ears and head for one week. There will be bruising and swelling as well. It is most important to protect them from bending or other trauma and we recommend wearing a headband at bedtime for 2-3 weeks.

Is this surgery safe?

Otoplasty surgery is considered to be very safe. Anesthesia, and preventative antibiotics are used.

I swim frequently? How will this cosmetic surgery procedure affect this?

One must have completely healed skin before swimming. A protective swim cap is advised for the first 6-8 weeks. Diving, as well as swimming in crowded pools, should be avoided to reduce risk of trauma.

Will I be more prone to ear infections if I have otoplasty surgery?


Your procedure will be performed in Dr. Aker and Dr. Sando‘s surgery center located in Carmel, IN.