Ears are an often overlooked part of appearance — unless you have ears you don’t like. Whether you were born with them or they were altered by injury or illness, our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are here to help you address any concern, large or small. 

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, our team of experts understand every underlying feature of your face and neck. This means we can go beyond the surface to help you look your very best. Contact us today to find a customized treatment plan that works best for you.

Ear conditions and deformities 

  • Auricular or ear cancer - Although rare, cancer may occur in any of the three parts of the ear: outer, middle or inner. Although required treatment may damage tissue, we can use various techniques to restore a natural appearance.
  • Microtia - Present from birth, this deformity is when the external ear, or pinna, is underdeveloped. If it is undeveloped altogether, this is called anotia. These conditions may also be referred to as microtia-anotia and may occur on only one or both sides.
  • Protruding ears - Many adults have disliked how their ears stick out since they were children. We can essentially “pin back” ears to improve both looks and confidence.
  • Torn earlobes - Whether due to an accident or injury or caused by jewelry, we can repair torn earlobes while often maintaining a patient’s ability to wear jewelry in the future.
  • Trauma to ears - Injury from an accident or required medical treatment may cause ear deformities. Our goal is always to return an ear to as close to its natural appearance as possible while also matching the look of the opposite ear.

Ear repair and reconstruction treatment

  • Earlobe repair - Whether torn, stretched, damaged or deformed, earlobe surgery can restore your ear to a more natural, aesthetically pleasing and balanced appearance.
  • Otoplasty and ear reconstruction - Also know as ear plastic surgery, otoplasty is a procedure used to create an outer ear, reshape the ear, correct existing damage, or correct deformities to provide a more natural contour and appearance. This includes pinning back ears that may protrude. 

How much do ear treatments and procedures cost?

The cost of ear treatment options varies by procedure. Because they're considered cosmetic, most insurance companies also do not cover ear treatments or procedures. Please call 614-366-3687 to schedule an appointment with a facial plastic surgeon near you to discuss treatment options and costs.

Our Team


Leslie Kim, MD

  • Director, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Bradley Nesemeier, MD

  • Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery