Ear Surgery in Portland, OR

What is an ear surgery?

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, helps with the correction of ears that stick out, ears that are asymmetrical (when one ear is positioned higher than the other), or large, oversized ears. Other than birth defects in children, ear surgery also helps with changes in positioning or the shape of ears due to an injury in adulthood. This procedure generally improves self-confidence, especially in teens and children, who often worry about being teased or judged by peers.

Am I a good candidate for ear surgery?

You are a good candidate for ear surgery at Dr. Bohley’s office in the Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington area if your ears have reached their full size (about six years of age). Ear surgery can be performed on both children and adults. If you are in good health and have realistic expectations from your surgery, you may be a good candidate. A consultation with Dr. Bohley is needed to determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

How to prepare for ear surgery

Dr. Bohley will provide you with specific preoperative instructions and will take a detailed medical history. He will also perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery. Before your procedure, you will be asked to stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery and avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs.

Ear Surgery FAQs

Can I drive after ear surgery?

No. We do not allow surgery patients to drive alone following ear surgery.

Does otoplasty affect hearing?

If the shape or angle of the ear is changed during otoplasty, there will be a short period of time where your hearing will be slightly different until your brain adjusts to the subtle difference in the signals coming from your inner ear.

Does otoplasty last forever?

Yes, an ear surgery provides permanent results that will become apparent after post-operative bruising and swelling subside.

How dangerous is ear surgery?

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Michael Bohley, otoplasty is a very safe, minimally invasive procedure.

How do you sleep after ear surgery?

Dr. Bohley will provide you with instructions on recovery, including sleeping, during a consultation. This typically involves wearing a compression headband and sleeping elevated and on your back.

How is ear surgery done?

Ear surgery is performed using tiny incisions within or on the back of the ear to adjust cartilage shape and structure.

How long after otoplasty can I exercise?

Patients can return to light activities after a week following otoplasty and can do more strenuous exercise after about two to three weeks.

How long is ear surgery?

The length of time it takes to perform ear surgery varies by patient, but typically takes between one and two hours.

How long does it take to recover from ear surgery?

Most patients are fully recovered and satisfied with their results two weeks after the procedure.

Is otoplasty a safe procedure?

Yes, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, otoplasty is a very safe and minimally invasive proceedure.

What is the recovery from ear surgery like?

Most patients are able to return to work and light activities within a week after surgery and final results are visible after two weeks. Small changes to your ear may continue to occur for up to 12 months.

For the first 24 hours post-surgery, it is important to have a family member or friend stay with you for supervision. You will have dressings wrapped around your ears, which should be worn for the directed amount of time. For the first seven days, you must rest and try to keep your head elevated; do not rest on the operated ear to avoid throbbing and discomfort. Absorbable stitches are used, and removal may not be required. Results from ear surgery are typically life-long.

What are my results like?

In the absence of any incident that may alter the shape or proportion of your ears, the results of your ear surgery are life-long. Ensure that you follow Dr. Bohley’s advice regarding aftercare. If you have any questions, please contact our office.


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If you are interested in learning more about ear surgery in the Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington area, contact our office today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Bohley.