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Otoplasty / Ear Surgery

Ear Surgery/Otoplasty

During ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, your ears are repositioned or reshaped to improve their physical appearance. Some patients need to correct congenital ear structure defects, whereas others undergo the procedure after ear trauma.

Otoplasty may be right for you if:

  • You have noticeably protruding ears
  • You’ve had previous unsuccessful ear surgery
  • You suffer from a condition called macrotia, which causes large ears

The Otoplasty Procedure

Before ear surgery, your surgeon will consult with you to come up with a unique action plan. First, your surgeon makes an incision on the rear surface of your ear or in the folds on the front of your ear. Then, your surgeon reshapes enlarged conchal cartilage to give your ears a more aesthetically pleasing look, pinning it in place with non-removable stitches. Finally, your ear skin is closed with dissolvable sutures or glue.

Step 1

Before surgery, this illustration shows a typical otoplasty patient with protruding or “sticking out” ears. Many patients seeking corrective ear surgery find this condition embarrassing.

Step 2

Surgery involves removal of cartilage from behind the ear, to reduce the protrusion of the outer ear shell.

Step 3

After surgery, the patient has neat ears against the head. They no longer stick out.

The Recovery Process

You’ll see the results of your otoplasty almost immediately, though there will be a little swelling immediately after the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-op instructions to optimise your recovery.

Important Questions About Otoplasty / Ear Surgery

Can I decide the shape of my new ears?

Generally yes. Many considerations need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.

What happens after ear correction surgery?

After an Otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.

Will I have any scarring after my ear surgery?

Many plastic surgeons perform otoplasty by making the incision behind the ear so in most cases the scar will be hidden.

Will this type of cosmetic surgery be painful?

Anaesthetic ensures that you are comfortable and feel no pain. After ear surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience can be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.

I’ve heard the phrase ‘pinnaplasty,’ is this the same as ‘otoplasty’?

Pinnaplasty is just another term for ear correction, both involve the same surgical procedure.

Free After Care

All cosmetic procedures receive free aftercare!

Following a cosmetic surgery procedure; our patients’ can rest with ease knowing they will receive free aftercare which includes the continued support from their patient care coordinator, unlimited access to an experienced member of the nursing team and periodic reviews from their Surgeon. We have an experienced senior nurse on-call out of hours to support our patients so they can reach someone 24/7. In the unlikely event it is needed, we have additional hospital stays available and can accommodate patients should there be an emergency. Our patients receive surgical coverage for 12 Months.

Remember, many of our staff have undergone similar procedures themselves and enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and discuss their personal journey. Come meet our team.

Procedure

Ear Surgery/Otoplasty

During ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, your ears are repositioned or reshaped to improve their physical appearance. Some patients need to correct congenital ear structure defects, whereas others undergo the procedure after ear trauma.

Otoplasty may be right for you if:

  • You have noticeably protruding ears
  • You’ve had previous unsuccessful ear surgery
  • You suffer from a condition called macrotia, which causes large ears

The Otoplasty Procedure

Before ear surgery, your surgeon will consult with you to come up with a unique action plan. First, your surgeon makes an incision on the rear surface of your ear or in the folds on the front of your ear. Then, your surgeon reshapes enlarged conchal cartilage to give your ears a more aesthetically pleasing look, pinning it in place with non-removable stitches. Finally, your ear skin is closed with dissolvable sutures or glue.

Step 1

Before surgery, this illustration shows a typical otoplasty patient with protruding or “sticking out” ears. Many patients seeking corrective ear surgery find this condition embarrassing.

Step 2

Surgery involves removal of cartilage from behind the ear, to reduce the protrusion of the outer ear shell.

Step 3

After surgery, the patient has neat ears against the head. They no longer stick out.

The Recovery Process

You’ll see the results of your otoplasty almost immediately, though there will be a little swelling immediately after the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-op instructions to optimise your recovery.

FAQs

Important Questions About Otoplasty / Ear Surgery

Can I decide the shape of my new ears?

Generally yes. Many considerations need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon.

What happens after ear correction surgery?

After an Otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.

Will I have any scarring after my ear surgery?

Many plastic surgeons perform otoplasty by making the incision behind the ear so in most cases the scar will be hidden.

Will this type of cosmetic surgery be painful?

Anaesthetic ensures that you are comfortable and feel no pain. After ear surgery, any pain or discomfort you may experience can be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.

I’ve heard the phrase ‘pinnaplasty,’ is this the same as ‘otoplasty’?

Pinnaplasty is just another term for ear correction, both involve the same surgical procedure.

Free After Care

Free After Care

All cosmetic procedures receive free aftercare!

Following a cosmetic surgery procedure; our patients’ can rest with ease knowing they will receive free aftercare which includes the continued support from their patient care coordinator, unlimited access to an experienced member of the nursing team and periodic reviews from their Surgeon. We have an experienced senior nurse on-call out of hours to support our patients so they can reach someone 24/7. In the unlikely event it is needed, we have additional hospital stays available and can accommodate patients should there be an emergency. Our patients receive surgical coverage for 12 Months.

Remember, many of our staff have undergone similar procedures themselves and enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and discuss their personal journey. Come meet our team.