Dr. Connors is an Atlanta plastic surgeon specializing in ear surgery. Also known as otoplasty, this procedure surgically reshapes and repositions the ears so they fit better with the natural contour of the face. It is used to correct ears that are too large or protrude outward. Correction of an abnormally shaped ear can be achieved in children as young as 6. In addition, ear surgery also corrects and reconstructs a torn earlobe. This condition is caused when the earlobe splits in half due to wearing larger earrings or some other type of direct trauma. Ear surgery gives individuals the confidence to show their entire face from every angle without anxiety about their ears.
"Dr. Connors and his staff are some of the most wonderful people I have met since moving to Atlanta. They truly care about you-how you feel, that you are happy with results, really they treat you like family. If anyone is considering plastic surgery, Dr. Connors is a must, he will make you perfect!"- K.E. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2015
"The procedure I finally got was 3 years in the works of planning, budgeting, meeting with multiple doctors and staff members. After I met with Dr. Connor and his staff, i knew I was 100%. Up until then there was something missing. Very calming and caring. Very well trained."- J.L. / Yelp / Nov 26, 2018
"From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr Connors himself they really do give you superb treatment. He is so ahead of the game with preventive treatments prior to surgery. My surgery day could not have gone smoother. I was not nervous and everyone made me feel so comfortable and well cared for. I wouldn’t go to anyone else. Dr Connors is thorough and his bedside manner is A+. His whole staff is incredible but I was fortunate enough to spend most of my time with Amber Hart who is hands down the sweetest nurse ever! Thanks everyone for all your sweet smiles every Time I came in."- K.B. / Facebook / Oct 22, 2018
"Dr Connors and the entire staff was absolutely amazing every step of the way for my procedure. I had done my research on the procedure and schedule a consultation. They were extremely helpful and answered all my questions and were very thorough/detailed with explaining each step of my procedure. This helped me relax and feel comfortable with my decision! The office is very clean and beautiful and the wait time is not long at all. The medical assistants will so transparent with me and that's what I loved most. Dr Connors made sure I was ready for my surgery day and everything went EXACTLY how they explained. While home a few weeks later I had questions and Maggie (such a sweetheart) answered them after hours and allowed me to email her if anything big or small bothered me. I just went in for my 1 year post op appt and I have to say I LOVE my results! I feel so beautiful and back to my pre pregnancy self! Thanks so much to Dr Connors and the entire staff! I hope someone reads this and share this same experience!!!!"- A.G. / Yelp / Sep 17, 2018
"I’ve hated certain areas of my body for years. As I’ve aged, they just continued to get worse & worse. After lots of research, I finally bit the bullet & scheduled a consult with Dr. Connors. Overall results are amazing. My recovery was probably harder than anyone else’s I’ve talked to. My body was angry & super slow to heal. But Dr. Connors & Dr. Maggie always made time to see me, up to twice a week at times. I know lots of women prefer female doctors, but Dr. Connors never made me feel the least bit uncomortable. He was always professional & easy to talk to. He isn’t “in it for the money”, & actually discouraged surgery/treatment in numerous areas I asked about. Dr. Maggie was incredibly patient with me, & went above & beyond during my recovery process. Nurse Ashley is a gem, truly gifted at calming clients’ nerves & so knowledgeable in her field. The scheduling/front desk girls Lisa & Kristy are fantastic & never fail to instantaneously answer my emails or spend all time the time in the world answering my million questions over phone. Heidi in aesthetics/surgery is the sweetest, always so comforting & understanding. Yes, Dr. Connors is very talented & reknowned for good reason, but there’s something really special about his office; they’re a family. They make you feel like you’ve known them for years, like you’re right at home. ??"- K.R. / Google / May 22, 2018
The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.
In surgical cases where a torn earlobe is the concern, the repair is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the split is removed, and a new lobe is reconstructed using sutures that are placed in both the front and back of the ear. These stiches will remain intact for several weeks as the skin and cartilage takes time to reform. The sutures are usually removed in several phases to ensure that the lobe is strong and aesthetically appealing.
All ear surgery cases are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The entire surgery typically takes about 2 hours to complete. After surgery, patients will be sent home with their heads wrapped in a compression bandage, which will later be replaced with lighter bandaging. Initially, patients will feel discomfort if they attempt to move their ears. This will subside in a few days. Younger patients will need to be monitored so they do not touch or play with their ears during the healing process.
The average cost for an otoplasty will vary depending on the complexity of the surgical case. However, the national average for this surgery is $7,000. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, otoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQs
The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant.
Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.
Both Ears or Just One?
In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.