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Overview of Otoplasty in Washington DC

If you feel that the size, shape or asymmetry of your ears do not complement your face then you may consider surgical ear shaping, also called otoplasty in Washington DC. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ariel Rad has unparalleled training, experience and artistry in facial aesthetic surgery generally, and otoplasty in particular, to achieve harmonious, natural results.

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects the shape, position, or proportion of the ears. It is often referred to as ear surgery or ear pinning.

Otoplasty can address a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as prominent or protruding ears, earlobes that are too large or long, or misshapen or asymmetrical ears. The procedure can be performed on both adults and children over the age of five.

Otoplasty is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the ears and boost self-confidence. Otoplasty can improve overall facial balance and harmony when the ears are brought into proportion with other features.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is ideally performed on fully developed ears, but it can also be safely and effectively performed on patients ages 5 years or younger if necessary.

The best candidates for cosmetic ear surgery are clients who are in good overall health and do not have any underlying medical conditions that might affect the healing process. Patients should be non-smokers to reduce the chance of complications. Smokers will need to quit several weeks before the date of their procedure.

Good candidates for otoplasty, or ear surgery, are individuals who have concerns about the size, shape, or position of their ears and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. Some specific factors that may make someone a good candidate for otoplasty include:

  1. Protruding ears: Individuals who have ears that stick out too far from the head may be good candidates for otoplasty. This can be a source of self-consciousness and may make it difficult to wear certain hairstyles.
  2. Asymmetrical ears: If one ear is significantly larger or shaped differently than the other, otoplasty may be able to help create a more balanced appearance.
  3. Large ears: Otoplasty can be used to increase or decrease the size of the ears to create a more proportionate appearance.
  4. Earlobe repair: Individuals who have stretched or torn earlobes from heavy earrings or other trauma may be candidates for otoplasty to repair the damage.
  5. Children with prominent ears: Otoplasty can be performed on children as young as five or six years old who have protruding ears that are causing emotional distress or social difficulties.

It’s important for individuals considering otoplasty to be in good overall health and to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. The best way to determine whether someone is a good candidate for otoplasty is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate their concerns and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

How is Otoplasty Done?

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The exact surgical technique used will depend on the specific concerns of the patient and the desired outcome.

Here are the general steps involved in an otoplasty procedure:

  1. Anesthesia: The first step in otoplasty is the administration of local anesthesia to numb the ear and surrounding tissues. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used.
  2. Incision: Dr. Rad will make an incision behind the ear to access the cartilage. The incision is usually made in the natural crease where the ear meets the head, so any scarring will be well-hidden.
  3. Reshaping: Depending on the desired outcome, Dr. Rad may remove or reshape the cartilage to change the size, shape, or position of the ear. Dr. Rad may use sutures or special techniques to hold the ear closer to the head, or to create folds or contours in the cartilage.
  4. Closing the incision: Once the cartilage has been reshaped, Dr. Rad will close the incision with sutures.
  5. Dressing and recovery: A dressing will be applied to protect the ears and hold them in their new position. The patient will be monitored in the recovery area until the anesthesia wears off, and then will be able to go home.

After the surgery, patients will need to follow Dr. Rad’s instructions for caring for the ears and dressing, and will need to avoid strenuous activity or contact sports for several weeks. Most patients can return to normal activities within a week or two after surgery, but it may take several months for the ears to fully heal and settle into their new shape.

What is Recovery After Otoplasty?

Recovery after otoplasty, or ear surgery, can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors such as age and overall health. However, here are some general guidelines for what to expect during the recovery process:

  1. Immediately after surgery: After the procedure, the ears will be covered with a protective dressing, and patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort.
  2. First week: During the first week after surgery, patients should avoid strenuous activity and keep the head elevated to help reduce swelling. Patients may need to take time off from work or school during this period.
  3. Second week: During the second week, the dressing will be removed, and patients may be fitted with a lighter headband or wrap to protect the ears. Patients can gradually begin to resume normal activities, but should still avoid any activities that may put stress on the ears.
  4. First few months: It can take several weeks or even months for the ears to fully heal and settle into their new shape. Patients should continue to avoid any activities that may cause trauma to the ears, such as contact sports, and should follow their surgeon’s instructions for caring for the incision sites.
  5. Long-term: Most patients will see the final results of their otoplasty within six months to a year after the procedure. Patients should continue to protect their ears from trauma and sun exposure, and should maintain a healthy lifestyle to optimize their results.

It’s important for patients to follow their surgeon’s instructions carefully during the recovery process to ensure the best possible outcome.

How Do I Find the Best Surgeon For Otoplasty?

To find the best surgeon for otoplasty, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  1. Board certification: Look for a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This ensures that Dr. Rad has completed rigorous training and meets the highest standards of education and expertise in their field.
  2. Experience: Look for a surgeon who has extensive experience performing otoplasty and who can provide before-and-after photos of their past patients. You may also want to ask about their experience with different types of otoplasty procedures and their success rates.
  3. Reputation: Read online reviews and check Dr. Rad’s reputation with organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This can give you a sense of Dr. Rad’s overall quality of care and patient satisfaction.
  4. Personal rapport: Choose a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable and who takes the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. You should feel confident in their ability to understand your goals and work with you to achieve them.

By considering these factors and conducting thorough research, you can find a qualified and experienced surgeon who is best suited to your individual needs and can help you achieve your desired outcome with otoplasty.

Consultation with Dr. Rad


An otoplasty consultation typically begins with a conversation between you and Dr. Rad to discuss your concerns and goals for the procedure. Here are some of the things you can expect during an otoplasty consultation:

  1. Medical history and examination: Dr. Rad will review your medical history and examine your ears to determine if you are a good candidate for otoplasty. They may also take photographs of your ears for reference.
  2. Discussion of goals and expectations: You will discuss your goals and expectations for otoplasty with Dr. Rad, including any concerns you may have about the procedure or the recovery process. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and to learn more about the procedure and what you can expect.
  3. Evaluation of different techniques: Dr. Rad will evaluate your ears to determine the best technique for achieving your desired results. They may recommend different techniques depending on the severity of your ear deformity or your individual needs.
  4. Review of risks and benefits: Dr. Rad will review the risks and benefits of otoplasty with you, including potential complications and the benefits of the procedure.
  5. Cost and financing options: Dr. Rad’s staff will discuss the cost of the procedure with you and provide information about financing options that may be available.
  6. Pre-operative instructions: If you decide to move forward with otoplasty, Dr. Rad will provide you with pre-operative instructions to follow before the procedure.

Overall, an otoplasty consultation is an important step in determining if the procedure is right for you and in developing a plan for achieving your desired results.

What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

Esther A. | May, 2018

About your Washington DC Surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials speak for themselves: Princeton (B.S.E, Magna Cum Laude), Duke School of Medicine (M.D.) and University of London (Ph.D.) educated and Johns Hopkins Plastic Surgery trained, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and long-standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rad is considered an expert in facial plastic surgery and microsurgery. He is ranked the #1 plastic surgeon in Washington DC based on aggregate ratings from all independent ranking websites: “top rated local“, “three best rated” top plastic surgeon and “top plastic surgeon reviews“. SHERBER+RAD have never engaged in paid advertising, and all rankings, reviews are from vetted and respected sources.

How Much Does Otoplasty cost?

The cost of otoplasty can vary depending on several factors, including Dr. Rad’s experience and expertise, the complexity of the procedure, and the geographic location of the practice. On average, the cost of otoplasty in the United States ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. It’s important to note that the cost of otoplasty typically includes a variety of expenses, such as:

  1. Surgeon’s fees
  2. Anesthesia fees
  3. Facility fees
  4. Medications
  5. Post-operative care

It’s also important to consider any additional costs that may arise, such as the cost of taking time off work for recovery, travel expenses if Dr. Rad is located outside your area, and any unforeseen complications that may arise.

Before scheduling otoplasty, it’s important to discuss the cost of the procedure with Dr. Rad and to explore any financing options that may be available to help cover the cost.

Dr. Ariel Rad strives to deliver the best facelift Washington, DC, has to offer. To find out more about the otoplasty and our financing options, schedule your consultation by contacting our office today.

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