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About Otoplasty Surgery

Large or protruding ears can lead to self consciousness in adults and children. For children, being made fun of at school and having to deal with embarrassing nicknames because of your ear shape or size can be devastating. These are some of the reasons otoplasty or ear pinning surgery is so common.

Otoplasty Procedure Details

Otoplasty or ear pinning is a cosmetic procedure to alter the shape or projection of the ear. This procedure is offered by our surgeons in Indianapolis and Carmel.

Otoplasty Before & After


Real Results

View before-and-after pictures of real patients of Dr. John Aker.

Frequently Asked Questions

They will look less protuberant and they may look smaller but the actual size of the ear will be the same.
Usually not. Typically, there is no medical need for otoplasty surgery.
A dressing is worn around the ears and head for one week. There will be bruising and swelling as well. It is most important to protect them from bending or other trauma and we recommend wearing a headband at bedtime for 2-3 weeks.
One must have completely healed skin before swimming. A protective swim cap is advised for the first 6-8 weeks. Diving, as well as swimming in crowded pools, should be avoided to reduce risk of trauma.
Hearing in not affected by operating on the outer ear in otoplasty surgery.
Yes. With normal aging, the ear cartilage becomes more fibrous and less pliable.
Otoplasty surgery is considered to be very safe. Anesthesia, and preventative antibiotics are used.

Otoplasty Procedure Information

Ear surgery, ear pinning, or otoplasty, is most commonly done to situate prominent ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of big ears. When ears display excessive protrusion out to the sides (termed “prominent” or “protuberant” ear), otoplasty is performed. Congenital misshapened cartilage is generally the cause of protruding ears.
Otoplasty, or ear pinning, is one of the few cosmetic procedures done on children and is most often done on those children who have been teased for having big ears and who are suffering from self esteem issues because of it, although it can be performed on adults as well. The surgery is done using outpatient general anesthesia. Otoplasty surgery changes the cartilage framework by increasing the antihelical fold which is just inside the rim of the ear, and reducing the enlarged conchal cartilage which is the deepest concavity of the ear. The incision is hidden by placing it behind the ear. Internal non- removable sutures are used to secure the cartilage.
After otoplasty surgery, the patient awakens with a bulky head-wrapping for a dressing. This is to be kept in place and dry for one week. Early redness and swelling are to be expected. It is helpful to wear a tennis headband for protection when sleeping. During the the first several months, slight relaxation or partial reprojection of the ears is very common.

We invite and encourage you to view our before and after otoplasty pictures on this website.

Denise Reister
Denise Reister
18 January 2024
I saw Nate for laser hair removal today for the third time. I’ve also seen him for Botox injections. He carefully explains everything he is doing. He is such a kind & caring human. I will definitely use him again & again.
Peggy Brennan
Peggy Brennan
18 January 2024
Samantha was wonderful. She definitely knew what she was doing and was also friendly & personable.
jennifer foltz
jennifer foltz
17 January 2024
The staff is always friendly, professional, and accommodating. Dr. Akers is to the point but listens intently to any concerns (as does the PA!)
15 January 2024
I recently went for a consultation and the staff was very friendly. Dr. Akers was very nice, polite, professional, and respectful. He explained everything really well of what to expect with the procedure I’m interested in. I was very pleased.
Angie Duzan
Angie Duzan
12 January 2024
I had my consultation with Dr Akers. The office staff and the doctor are all so very friendly. They made me feel very comfortable..I have never felt so welcome in a doctor office as I do with Myplastic surgery group. They are all friendly,knowledgeable on procedures and helpful! Dr. Akers is just the most down to earth doctor I have ever met. I travel from Bloomington and will do it every time.I highly recommend this place. They offer a variety of services! Angie Duzan
Amanda Westfall
Amanda Westfall
11 January 2024
Samantha is an incredible injector. She did my Botox for forehead and crows feet- it was a very positive experience with very little discomfort - thank you so much for keeping me young!
Cheryl OBrien
Cheryl OBrien
10 January 2024
I am very pleased with my results of having a tummy tuck with Dr Aker. I am 4 months post op. The before and after pics are astounding! His office staff are always friendly and make sure that I have all my questions answered. I'm so glad that I chose this doctor. I had a great experience overall.
marisol Goodan
marisol Goodan
9 January 2024
Great overall first experience with my consultation. Dr Reddy and the staff were very professional, knowledgeable and answered all my questions thoroughly.

Meet Dr. Aker

Dr. Aker, an Indianapolis plastic surgeon affiliated with several area hospitals, has lectured and is published widely on a variety of plastic surgery topics. Dr. Aker brought several new techniques in cosmetic surgery to Indianapolis and Carmel including the endoscopic breast augmentation (“endo aug”) and Asian eyelid surgery.

Meet Dr. Reddy

After completing her undergraduate degree at Lehigh University, Dr. Reddy earned her medical doctorate degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She went on to complete an accredited transitional year internship and ophthalmology residency at the highly regarded Emory University, where she distinguished herself as a highly skilled surgeon, having received her surgical training from world-renowned mentors at the Emory Eye Center, one of the top training programs institutions in the country.

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