Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)


Sometimes called “ear surgery” or “ear pinning,” otoplasty is a procedure to reshape and/or reposition prominent or protruding ears. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 23,000 Americans received otoplasties in 2015.


Otoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure available at our Santa Fe office. We utilize local anesthesia and also conscious sedation to establish patient comfort.

Conscious sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. It allows patients to recover quickly and resume normal daily activities in a short period of time.

The procedure itself is performed through a well-concealed incision behind the ear. Sometimes cartilage is removed, reshaped, or augmented to correct the position of the outside ear. Scarring is almost unnoticeable, the surgery will not affect the hearing in any way, and the change will be permanent.


A wound dressing, that supports healing and provides wound protection is placed over the affected area, and will stay in place for several days. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home. No pressure should be applied on the affected ears for about a week.


There are very few risks associated with otoplasty. As with all surgical procedures, there is a risk of infection. If you experience any redness, swelling, or pain after the surgery, be sure to tell your doctor.


The cost of a bilateral otoplasty (both ears) with local anesthetic averages at $3,550 plus tax. Bilateral otoplasty with general sedation (being put completely under), averages $5,325 plus tax. Prices vary per patient depending on the particular procedure and the extent of the surgery required to achieve the desired outcome.


At Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center we have over 25 years of experience in otoplasty. Our private operating facility guarantees top-level medial care and comfort. Many of our patients have confirmed for us that this particular surgical procedure has had a tremendous impact on their overall confidence and wellbeing.

If you are considering otoplasty, Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center offers free cosmetic consultations, during which you can learn more about the procedure, discuss goals, concerns, and questions, and find out if you are a good candidate for this type of plastic surgery.

Financing options are also available.