Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) New York City banner

Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) New York City


Introduction to Otoplasty

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, can correct a number of aesthetic issues relating to the ears. NYC double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao has performed numerous ear surgeries throughout his career and places emphasis on ensuring the ears have a natural, proportional, and symmetrical appearance. He has the skills and artistic abilities needed to provide excellent results.

Blonde short haired woman looking to her side

What is Otoplasty?

At our world-class facility in New York City, otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, can correct a number of aesthetic issues relating to the ears. Most people tend to not think about the appearance of their ears because they naturally blend into their appearance. Unfortunately, for some people, the ears stick out rather than blend in. When ears are noticeably large, protrude significantly from the head, or have a noticeable malformation, their appearance can be difficult to ignore, which can cause significant self-esteem issues.

Who are the Best Candidates for Otoplasty?

During a consultation, Dr. Lao will go over your medical history and current health to ensure you are in good condition to undergo surgery. Generally speaking, anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their ears and would like to surgically correct their ear issues is a potential candidate for ear surgery. The issues that ear surgery can correct include oversized ears, protruding ears, birth defects, and damage to the ear caused by accident or injury. Most of these issues are present from birth, which can cause issues with the child’s self-esteem and be a source of ridicule from other children. Otoplasty can be performed on children, but it is best to wait until after the ears are fully developed in order to avoid jeopardizing the results. Most children can undergo ear surgery at around age five or six.

Brunette woman with perfect lips and skin posing

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

Over the years of performing Otoplasty, Dr. Lao has noticed his patients benefit from Otoplasty in the following ways:

  • Improvement in the appearance of congenital ear abnormalities
  • Reduction in the prominence of excessively large ears
  • Repositions the ears so they lay flatter against the sides of your head

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting otoplasty in New York with Dr. Lao is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form on our appointment page, a member of our team will get in touch with you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. William Lao.

Dr. Lao will complete a thorough evaluation of your ears, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Lao has been featured in numerous publications about his surgical techniques. If you’re happy with Dr. Lao’s recommendations, surgery will be booked.

Once the surgery is booked, our expert surgical team will provide pre and postoperative instructions. These guidelines are created to ensure patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of Otoplasty

Ear surgery typically takes around two hours to perform, depending on the amount of work needed. Incisions are required, but they are made along the back of the ear and within the natural creases of the ear so that they are visually undetectable. Dissolvable sutures are typically used to retain the new ear shape during the recovery. The whole surgery will take approximately 2 hours.

Earlobe Repair

In some cases, the earlobe has become stretched or has completely ripped, which can be very painful and can ruin the appearance of the ear. Plugs and gauges can leave large holes in the ear with dangling earlobes. Frequently wearing large heavy earrings can also stretch out the ears. In some cases, an earring may catch onto something while the wearer is in motion, which can tear the lobe completely. This may also occur if too large a plug or gauge is used. In any of these instances, earlobe surgery can be performed to repair the damaged lobe and restore its normal appearance.

Brunette woman with blue eyes
Asian woman posing with a big black hat



Time: 1-2 hours

General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

May return to work next day



Otoplasty Recovery

Bandages will need to be worn for several days. Swelling, discoloration, and itching are to be expected and should dissipate over time. You will need to avoid sleeping directly on the ears during recovery.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, New Beauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in New York City?

The average cost of otoplasty in New York City generally begins around $3,000 and can extend up to approximately $8,000. Pricing varies based on factors such as the complexity of the procedure, surgeon’s fees, and anesthesia expenses. To obtain the an accurate estimate,please arrange a consultation with Dr. William Lao. During this consultation, our patient coordinator will provide you with a detailed quote for the surgery.


Is Otoplasty painful?

The surgery itself isn’t painful as you will be administered general anesthesia. You may feel some discomfort during your initial recovery since your ears will be bandaged to reduce the swelling and preserve healing.

Can I combine Otoplasty with other procedures?

Absolutely! Many of our patients elect to combine Ototplasty with a Rhinoplasty.

What are the risks associated with Otoplasty?

All surgeries come with risk, however, Dr. Lao strives to provide you with the best results and the least amount of complications. Some risks associated with Otoplasty are:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Negative reactions to the anesthesia
  • Scarring

Schedule Your Consultation

If you or your child are in need of ear surgery in NYC to correct ear size, shape, or appearance, please contact our Manhattan office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. He is dedicated to providing our patients with the exceptional care they deserve.

Real patient before facelift photo


Real patient after facelift photo


before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

View of Manhattan, NYC outside of Dr. Lao Plastic Surgery

Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

Real patients

Real Reviews

Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

Latest press

This Breast Surgery Technique Promises No Visible Scars

At New York plastic surgeon William Lao, MD’s state-of-the-art Manhattan practice, the surgeon combines his years of expertise, skill and surgical techniques he’s perfected on both sides of the globe to patients looking for natural-looking, meticulously...

A Plastic Surgeon Breaks Down the Differences Between Fat Grafting and Implants

Whether you’re the kind of person who roams your house naked and free, or the type that doesn’t even like seeing your bare body in the mirror after a shower, you’ve probably noticed a slight...

Schedule Consultation
Call Gallery Email