Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)

  • Dr. Ahn only performs cosmetic surgery on the face and neck.
  • Dr. Ahn has developed a modification of the traditional suturing technique that is more precise and simple.
  • Dr. Ahn has an accredited, private office surgical suite located in the greater Boston area, central to all of New England.

Dr. Ahn's approach to Otoplasty

  • Natural looking results.
  • Hidden, discreet incisions.
  • Avoiding the over tightened look.

How does Dr. Ahn perform the Otoplasty?

  • Dr. Ahn places the incision entirely behind the ear.
  • The ear cartilage is sculpted using a modification of the classic suture technique.
  • The ear is pinned precisely to avoid a pinched look.
  • Fine, dissolving sutures are used to close the incisions.

Surgical Facility

For patients in good general health, all surgeries are performed at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, our on site, private, accredited office-based surgical suite. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), which is the accrediting agency for hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.


All procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are performed under intravenous sedation, also known as “twilight anesthesia”. We feel that procedures performed under twilight anesthesia are safer (without the risks of general anesthesia) and lead to a quicker and easier recovery.

Recovery after Otoplasty

Immediately after the surgery a certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. The ears will be a bit sore for several days and this can be controlled with pain medication.  

The sutures dissolve on their own after about 7 days. Most people at that point are able to appear in public.

Depending on how quickly you recover, you may expect to resume light activity within a week to 10 days and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days.

If you have a special event planned, Dr. Ahn advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.