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What is ear surgery?

Ear surgery (also called otoplasty) improves the aesthetics of large, misshapen or overly prominent ears. During surgery, Dr. Ringler can:

  • Decrease the projection and angle of the ear in relation to the head
  • Improve the shape of the ear
  • Correct structural deformities that result in a misshapen or absent ear

Why choose Dr. Ringler?

Dr. Steven L. Ringler is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized nationally and internationally for his achievements in plastic surgery. As a result of ear surgery with Dr. Ringler, your ears will no longer protrude, and they won’t appear pinned or overdone. They will naturally complement your facial features and contribute to balance and harmony.

Why might ear surgery be recommended for me?

The appearance, projection, and proportions of the ears in relation to your overall facial appearance can have a dramatic effect on self-esteem. Improving facial harmony through ear surgery often has a very positive effect on the self-confidence of children and adults.

Am I a candidate?

A Comprehensive, Personalized Approach

Choosing to undergo otoplasty is a very personal decision. In general, ideal candidates for ear surgery include:

  • Children aged 5-12 with very prominent ears
  • Older adolescents who are able to articulate their desire for the procedure and follow instructions
  • Adult women and men who are self-conscious about their ears
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The procedure

What to expect

Dr. Ringler performs Michigan ear surgery on an out-patient basis. It may be done under general anesthesia for children or local anesthesia with sedation for adults. Typically, an incision is made in the back portion of the ear. Through that opening, Dr. Ringler will use advanced facial plastic surgery techniques to:

  • Reshape or reduce excess cartilage
  • Reposition the “Y” shaped folds
  • Create a pleasing angle between the head and the ears
  • Create a natural fold and contour to the ears
  • Define the architecture of the ears with hidden suture techniques

Once more discreet ears have been sculpted, Dr. Ringler will close the incisions with sutures and you will return home to begin the healing process.


You will need an adult to accompany you for 24 hours after your release from surgery. The recovery period after otoplasty ranges from seven to ten days, although most of our Michigan patients are able to return to light, normal daily activity immediately.

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How much does otoplasty cost?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of ear surgery is $2,909. However, this only covers the surgeon’s fee and does not include facility fees, medical tests, medications, anesthesia fees and more.

What are the risks?

Potential risks during ear surgery are rare and may include infection, bleeding, hearing loss, and unsatisfactory results.

What will my scars look like?

Scars are a normal outcome of surgery. However, Dr. Ringler goes to great lengths to ensure that they are hidden within the natural contours of your ears and virtually undetectable once the area has healed. The precise location and pattern of your incisions and the resulting scars will be discussed in-depth during your consultation at our Grand Rapids, MI office.

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