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Baltimore, Maryland Otoplasty / Ear Setback Surgery Dr. Adam Summers

Dr. Summers helps Baltimore ear set-back patients who are unhappy with their ear placement at his Maryland Plastic Surgery center. To learn more about the procedure, read the following paragraphs.


Cosmetic surgery of the ear, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head or reshapes the ear to achieve a more pleasing contour. Frequently, cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen. Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children. This teasing can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche.

Otoplasty is not limited to children and is also be performed on adult patients at the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center. Cosmetic procedures are available for those individuals with large ears and for those with congenital (birth) irregularities that detract from their appearance. Additionally, an individual’s ears may exhibit abnormal traits due to their genetic make-up or an accidental injury. Otoplasty is used successfully for each of these situations. Regardless of the procedure, patients have been pleased with the long-lasting improvements to their appearance offered by ear surgery.

Procedure Goals:

Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
Correct folded ear tips (“lop ear” or “cup ear”).
Reshape long or offset earlobes.
Enhance very small ears or other congenital defects.
Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.

The Procedure:

At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, ear surgery is commonly performed under general anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. The standard otoplasty procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Otoplasty begins with an incision hidden in the crease behind the ear. This incision allows the cartilage located behind the ears to be reshaped in order to position them closer to the head. The procedure takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.

There are various surgical techniques involved in correcting irregularities other than protruding ears. These techniques can be discussed with Dr. Summers during the initial consultation.


After the surgery is completed, bandages will be wrapped around the head. This method secures the ear in place and assists with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any discomfort is treated effectively with oral medication.

In addition to helping otoplasty patients, Dr. Summers offers other face procedures at his plastic surgery center. Please visit these pages to learn about how Dr. Summers helps Baltimore rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid lift, chin and cheek implant and forehead (brow) lift patients.


Frequently Asked Questions About Otoplasty:

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Q: Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

A: At the Maryland Plastic Surgery Center, it is very common for patients to have a functional rhinoplasty (e.g. surgery to make it easier to breathe through the nose) at the same time as a cosmetic rhinoplasty.  Simultaneous procedures typically include septoplasty for a deviated septum, turbinectomy to open the inner airway, and nasal valve repair for internal nasal valve collapse.

Also, it is appropriate to have other facial cosmetic procedures simultaneous with a cosmetic rhinoplasty.  For example, in selected patients, a chin implant can tremendously enhance the results of a rhinoplasty.  Similarly, liposuction of the neck can substantially improve a patient’s profile when combined with a rhinoplasty.

Q: Does it matter how old I am?

A: Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation.  People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery.  There are even procedures appropriate for young children!  It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery.  Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process.  What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another.  We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.

Q: What happens during my initial consultation?

A: During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you.  This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery.  We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging.  When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.

Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

A: Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual.  Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks.  If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time.  Your scars will fade over time but are permanent.  We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all.  The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look.  When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.

Q: Will my insurance cover the surgery?

A: Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery such as nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better.  Therefore, the insurance company may pay a part of the surgical fees.  If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required.  We will be happy to assist you with the process.

Note: Insurance companies will not pay for any portion of a procedure that is cosmetic.  Therefore, do not expect your insurance company to reimburse you completely for all of the fees you have paid.  Also, patients are responsible for full payment of their quoted fees prior to surgery.  Reimbursement, when available, will be made by your insurance company directly to you.

Q: What kind of anesthesia will be used?

A: The type of the anesthesia varies with each procedure.  For some procedures, only local anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation is needed.  This method will allow you to be awake, but insensitive to any pain.  In more complex procedures, general anesthesia is needed and you will be asleep during the entire procedure.  The anesthesia used in your operation will depend on the type and extent of the procedure(s), your age, and the surgeon’s preference.

Q: What other procedures does Dr. Summers perform?

A: Maryland Plastic Surgery is Maryland’s premiere cosmetic surgery center and medical spa. The Center’s director, Dr. Adam Summers, is an expert cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced techniques to achieve natural looking results.  Just 15 minutes from BaltimoreHoward County (Columbia) and Annapolis, the Center specializes in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)breast augmentationbreast liftliposuctionrhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. © Baltimore Maryland Plastic Surgery Center and Medical Spa.

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