Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to modify the shape, size, and position of the ear. Otoplasty can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as to reposition protruding ears, or for reconstructive purposes, such as to correct misshapen ears caused by injury or present from birth. Most healthy adults and children over age five are candidates for otoplasty if they have ear defects or characteristics that are bothersome or otherwise a source of insecurity and dissatisfaction.

At Wellspring Plastic Surgery, we use otoplasty to facilitate a natural-looking ear contour that is anatomically balanced. Our patients find that by correcting even the smallest ear deformities, they can achieve greater self-confidence and aesthetic satisfaction. In addition to treating protruding ears and ear deformities, our surgeons can also evaluate and correct the outcome of a prior ear surgery that did not provide adequate results.


For cartilage reshaping, the procedure begins with an incision behind the ear to allow the surgeon to rebuild. The incision also allows patients to have a discrete scar following the surgery.  Our surgeons perform this surgery in a delicate and precise manor to offer full symmetry of the ears.

If the ear needs to be re- positioned, the surgeon will move the ear closer to the head after they have been reshaped. There are many techniques to perform this surgery such as cartilage sparing and scoring to achieve the desired position and shape.

This procedure will be finalized with removable or traditional sutures and the area will be wrapped appropriately.

This procedure local, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Following your consultation, our surgeons will recommend the best choice for you.

If you live in Austin or the surrounding area, schedule a consultation with our surgeons to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.