Dr. Craig Oser Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Pittsburgh


Ear Reshaping

Ears, like the nose, are often a source of insecurity, whether from natural growth or injury. Oftentimes, prominent or congenital ears can distract from other features of the face. Ear lobes can begin to hang too low due to earrings or genetics, ultimately resulting in split lobes. Whatever your needs may be, ear reshaping gives your ears the appearance you want and the confidence you deserve.

Otoplasty (Ear Surgery, Ear Pinning)

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of four and 14. Ears are almost fully grown by age four, and the earlier the surgery, the less teasing and ridicule the child will have to endure. Ear surgery on adults is also possible, and there are generally no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an older patient.

If you are considering ear surgery for yourself or your child, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure - when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask Dr Oser if there is anything you don't understand about the procedure.


The cosmetic consultation with Dr. Oser is an important step in the process of considering aesthetic surgery. He and his staff are committed to helping you become well informed about the actual process of preparing for your ear reshaping procedure. Please feel free to ask any questions and let us know how we can help you throughout the process.

Preparation Before your Procedure

Three weeks prior to and three weeks after your surgery, try to limit your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior to and two weeks after your surgery, do not take medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or Ibuprofen products.

The Day of Your Procedure

Please refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, body lotion or perfume. Wear comfortable clothing. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any symptoms of illness before your surgery, notify the office.

Please prepare to have a responsible adult available to provide transportation after your procedure and have arrangements made for any necessary assistance you may require for the following 24 hours. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.


Just as everyone is an individual, everyone recovers differently. Elevate your head to decrease the swelling. Do not lie on your sides for seven to ten days after surgery. Sleep on a soft pillow or a foam pillow. If you wear glasses, modify the temple pieces of the glasses to avoid putting pressure on your ears. 

Do not remove the dressings. Dr Oser or staff will do this three to five days after surgery. Once the dressings are removed, avoid pulling on the stitches or bending the ear forward.

Wear a headband over the ears for six to eight weeks after surgery when sleeping or during sports activities and whenever possible. The more you wear the headband; the more likely you will have a better result. 

While results may vary, patients typically enjoy a more anatomical and pleasing appearance. Ear reshaping allows other features of the face to be noticed allowing for a more balanced face and an overall increase in self-confidence.