About Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Ears that appear to protrude and stick out, are asymmetrical or misshapen, or look oversized can affect your self-esteem, especially during childhood. Ear surgery is a cosmetic procedure that helps to correct the shape, size, and position of the ears to result in a natural appearance. Dr. Justin Martin is a plastic surgeon in Dothan, AL who has helped many men and women move past their anxiety of exposing their ears with this surgery. No matter the physical irregularity, otoplasty at Martin Plastic Surgery allows a patient to proudly show their face at any angle with confidence. If you or your child are worried about the size or shape of their ears, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin to learn more about ear reshaping surgery.
"Absolutely wonderful experience from the entire staff in Dr. Martins office they will make you feel not only comfortable but like you are talking with your best friend. Dr. Martin skills and care for his patients will make you happy with your decision to choose Martin Plastic Surgery to take care of you! They take care of you from start to finish you never feel like you are being left in the dark or just another surgery, you feel like you are the most important person during your entire treatment from consultation through healing till your final appointment. I could not be happier with how I look and feel! Thank you all so much!"- S.M. / Google / Oct 18, 2023
"Life.Changing.Experience! Trust Him and the Process!! - I had my procedure a year ago in June 2022. I would’ve write a review sooner, but it wouldn’t have been as meaningful. The office itself is beautiful, clean, and pristine. I felt a sense of calm and comfort the moment I opened the door. And that is something you don’t realize you need until your nerves start to strike.The staff is absolutely caring!! Any time you call or have a question, you speak to them directly; never a voicemail or automation. They remember you by name and build a bond with you immediately. I never felt, and still do not feel, like a generic patient when I see them. After my procedure, I called and Dr. Martin himself answered and spoke to me directly. How often does that happen?!. On my first consult, Dr. Martin listened to my concerns and then provided his professional opinions and feedback. Trust him and the process! He knows what he is doing and he is a perfectionist. When it comes to your body, you do not want anything less than that.I have read that his “bedside manner is lacking”. If you truly feel that way, then you did not do as instructed or had unrealistic expectations (that he will warn you about). He comes off a bit quiet and serious, at first, but I took it as him being thorough and that what needed to be done was not something to be taken lightly. The more time spent prior to my actual procedure and the follow-ups after, he became more talkative. His professionalism should be appreciated. He respects his patients fully and they respect him as well. This past year I have watched my body change just as Dr. Martin told me it would. It looks PERFECT! Everything he said to look out for and do, I have. I said it before and I’ll say it again… Trust Him and the Process!! Dr. Martin did more for me than just a surgical procedure… He gave me back something that I didn’t think I’d ever see again… ME! If you are scared or worried or whatever the case may be about having a procedure done, Stop! It is not what you have to lose, but what you have to gain. I would do it a hundred times over and all the exact same way. Thank you Dr. Martin, and all the beautiful ladies in the office, for taking care of me the way that you have. I will never forget it!!!"- V. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2023
"Dr. Martin and his staff are just extraordinary. I appreciated how they listened to my concerns. I did weeks of research trying to find a great plastic surgeon and after my first appointment at Martin plastic surgery I knew I made the right decision. After surgery, I felt confident that I would be very pleased with my results. I feel that Dr. Martin is very caring about his patients. Being an hour and a half from the office, I was still able to voice concerns and have help with concerns. I couldn’t be happier with my reduction results. Dr. Martin is very great at what he does, even while being prepped for surgery the nurses all assured me I’d be very happy with my results. Great experience!"- C.W. / Google / Apr 15, 2023
"Dr. Martin and his staff are absolutely incredible! The office staff are very friendly, and they remember who you are (which goes such a long way with me). Dr. Martin himself, is very honest and takes the time to explain procedures and why he may suggest something different. I got the tummy tuck, lipo to flanks and breast augmentation, all of it had turned out so well (I’m only 2 weeks post op), and so far it has been a great journey. I could not recommend Dr. Martin or his office enough! You won’t be disappointed!"- A.D. / Google / Dec 02, 2022
"Dr Martin is incredible! He does an amazing job! Very kind compassionate and caring! I had a wonderful experience there from the time you walk in till the time you leave you are treated with great dignity and and compassion ! I highly recommend Dr Martin. He did a fantastic job with my surgical needs and I could not be more proud of my results!"- A.E. / Facebook / Oct 19, 2022
Otoplasty can be performed at any age; however, it is common among children and is recommended prior to reaching elementary school. By six years of age, this treatment is safe and effective to be completed on a child. If you are self-conscious about the look and shape of your ears because they are misshapen or protrude outward, otoplasty can help attain a normal appearance. Patients with a torn or damaged earlobe may also be candidates for cosmetic ear surgery.
Otoplasty is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. In many patients, the incision is placed behind the ear. During this procedure, cartilage will be reshaped to create a smaller or larger appearance. It is common for each ear to be addressed during surgery to make sure they appear even. After this, the incisions are secured with sutures and carefully bandaged so they stay protected.
What to Expect
When the procedure is over and you are released to leave the hospital, you will recover at home. Dr. Martin or a member of his team will provide instructions for recovery. It's very important to not touch the ears. In addition, you should not lay on the ears, and instead sleep upright for a few days. The outcomes can be seen right away and the progression of results will continue to improve as the ears heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ear surgery cost?
Your cost for ear surgery will be based on what's being done (ear pinning, shaping, earlobe repair, or a combination of these). Once Dr. Martin understands your issues and wants, he will formulate your treatment plan and estimate expenses. So that you are able to concentrate on getting the outcomes that you want rather than prices, Martin Plastic Surgery accepts several forms of payment and a member of our team will provide you with financing options if needed.
Will the results of ear surgery last?
The ears typically grow faster compared to other areas of the body and face, which is the reason why ear surgery can be performed on younger patients with excellent long-term outcomes. Dr. Martin will assess the roblem and then talk to you about what you can expect. While the rest of the body and face can change dramatically due to gravity and age, the impact on the ears should be minimal.
How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
On average, kids about 6 years or older are candidates for ear surgery. Although the ear is generally fully grown, the tissue and cartilage are still malleable, which makes it easy to reshape. This age is also great because it's before they begin school or early in their schooling, so that they can avoid being teased by classmates. Though a lot of ear surgery patients are children, Dr. Martin also performs otoplasty on adults.
Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
Many ear issues, such as ears that are too large or stick out, happen in both ears, which means both will need to be corrected. During ear surgery, Dr. Martin will adjust both ears to make them as symmetric as possible. However, if just one ear has to be altered, the shape and size will be adjusted to mirror the untreated ear. When he creates your surgical plan, Dr. Martin will tell you if one or both ears need to be corrected.
What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The trend of large earrings and ear gauges are making earlobe reconstruction a popular operation at Martin Plastic Surgery. If you are considering earlobe repair or reconstruction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin. He will analyze your ear and then let you know what may be done in order to repair your earlobes.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1:00 - 2:00
- Post-op Follow-up
- two weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reshape Your Ears
Ear surgery may help your child avoid getting teased by classmates, or help you if you've always felt self-conscious about your ears. Call Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin and get more information about surgical ear reshaping. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a look you will love as well as the confidence to show it off.