Otoplasty in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Reshape Your Ears With Proven Techniques


Introduction to Otoplasty


Improve the shape of your ears for years to come.

We can’t help the ears that we’re born with, but those dealing with prominent, asymmetrical, or deformed ears can experience lowered self-esteem and confidence. Looking for Otoplasty in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL, RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa can help. Our Board Certified surgeons can correct your ears and effectively guide you throughout the process.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

1-2 Hours


Local or General Anesthesia

Back to Work

5-10 Days

Total Recovery Time

4-6 Weeks

Duration of Results


# of Treatments


Treatment overview

The extent of your otoplasty in Vernon Hills will vary based on the exact correction needed.

Our team will meet with you in a one-on-one consultation to determine your individual goals, challenges, and budget. Once we’ve found the exact technique that fits your unique needs, you can expect a relatively quick, outpatient procedure that aligns your ears closer to the head in order to correct protruding ears.

People are often born with prominent ears, although the ears may change over time.  Ears are about 85% of adult size by age 5-6 and therefore a common time to correct prominent ears is before school age to prevent other children from commenting on prominent ears.  Teenagers and adults with prominent ears are similarly candidates for surgery.   Prominent ears are due to a number of factors including effacement of the antihelical fold, an obtuse angulation of the ear relative to the head, and overgrown cartilage of the ear.  Dr. Lu will make an assessment and tailor a plan that addresses these issues.


Used to Treat:


Protruding Ears

Misshapen or Deformed Ears 

Overly Large Ears

Correction from Previous Ear Surgery


Benefits of Otoplasty

  • Otoplasty in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL can correct a number of ear deformities and restore confidence in patients with protruding ears and similar issues.
  • Otoplasty can be performed within the Vernon Hills office of RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, and patients can return home that same day.
  • Surgeons can perform an otoplasty on patients of any age.

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

An otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes about one to two hours and the patient will be placed under local or general anesthesia throughout the entire time. The procedure involves making an incision in the hidden crease behind the ear, and then the cartilage is reshaped with sutures. This recreates the antihelical fold. The ear is then naturally “pinned” back with sutures to the mastoid process, which is the bony prominence behind the ear. The incisions are stitched up and the sutures dissolve on their own in 1-2 weeks. This results in a less protruding, natural looking ear. A compressive head dressing is placed

The Recovery

Before any cosmetic surgery, including an otoplasty in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL, your surgeon will review your recovery schedule in detail so you feel prepared for what to expect afterwards. An Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that we perform in our surgical facility, which means you’ll be able to go home the same day. In general, you’ll still be experiencing the effects of the anesthesia when you arrive home. Therefore, it’s important to have someone who can drive you home and take care of you for the first 24 hours following your otoplasty Your surgeon will send you home with both instructions for your recovery and supplies that will help your otoplasty heal correctly.

A headband like dressing will be place to prevent the ear from pulling forward in order to avoid disrupting the internal sutures that are recreating the antihelical fold of the ear and “pinning” the ear back towards the head.  Eventually, the body will deposit scar tissue to “lock in” the new contour of the ear. During this process, the patient will be advised to refrain from vigorous activity.  This period of time varies but is approximately 4-6 weeks.  A brief course of prescription pain medication is followed by Tylenol/ibuprofen within a couple of days.

It’s important that you rest for the first few days of your recovery after a otoplasty. Recovery times vary by patient, making it important to follow your specific recovery instructions. The results of your procedure should be noticeable soon after the procedure, and the results should last for the rest of your life!


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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Otoplasty

 Otoplasty near you

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A younger, rejuvenated face is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about Otoplasty and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


I am always very satisfied with the friendliness and professionalism of the staff.
Dr.Lu is the best!!

-Linda Moore

Rittaca was so great! Daisy is super sweet and helpful! everyone in the office is super upbeat and friendly. Can’t wait to see my results.
-Angela Carey
Love everyone there from Dr. Lu(plastic surgery), Dr. Ritacca, Dawn for her beautiful, and understated injections to the absolute best esthetician Jackie and the office management like April and Honey. I have been a patient since the salon opened over ten years ago and would not dream of going anywhere else! They do beautiful work with very competitive prices and they don’t try to over sell you on unnecessary treatments or products. However, they do have an impressive line of the highest quality products on the market! Love love love you guys!Keep doing what you are doing because it is working!
-Jaime Reed
This is the BEST Med Spa! Dr. Lu, Dr. Ritacca and Dawn, their esthetician are ahhmazing! They have exceeded any expectation i ever had. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and each of them are highly skilled at what they do. I always leave their looking better than when I came in and highly recommend them.
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