Otoplasty Melbourne

Ear Surgery

Some people are self-conscious of the size or shape of their ears and improving their appearance can be a life-changing experience.

Otoplasty, also known as prominent ear surgery, addresses large, protruding, uneven or asymmetrical ears, setting them back closer to the head, or reducing their size. Also correcting deformities from development or trauma, such as stretched and torn ear lobes, the procedure reshapes ear cartilage to make them more even and symmetrical, and restores the ear to a natural aesthetic.

Otoplasty commonly takes 2 hours and is performed as a day case under general anaesthesia, sedation, or local anaesthesia. Once the ears have been cleaned and numbed, the new fold is marked and an incision is made behind the ear. Through this, the underlying cartilage is exposed and shaped so the ear sits closer to the head, before a small section of skin is removed and closed.

Otoplasty surgery improves the appearance of the ear to balance their size and shape, and makes them more proportional to the face and head. Post-operative results often show high patient satisfaction with improve self-esteem and confidence; whilst correction of ear structural defects may improve impaired hearing. Incisions for prominent ear correction are hidden discretely behind the ear.

Ear surgery is individualised to the degree of deformity. Prominent ear correction is most commonly performed in children, when the ear cartilages are softer and easier to mould. These procedures may be performed in teenagers and adults, however, the firmer cartilage may not allow the same degree of reshaping.

Results are permanent and minor adjustment may be required in a small portion of cases. Significant complications are rare, and even if only one ear is more prominent, surgery may be performed on both ears to improve alignment.

Activities that risk bending or causing pain to the ears should be avoided. To protect and maintain the ear’s new shape, a head bandage is worn full-time for the first 6 weeks, and then only when sleeping for another 6 weeks. You may return to school or work after 1 week, recommence gentle exercise after 3-4 weeks, and wear earrings 6-8 weeks after your procedure. Ideal candidates for otoplasty ear surgery are fit, do not smoke or have a history of keloid scarring, are not take blood-thinning medication, and have realistic expectations. 

Following your otoplasty, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF. 

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To schedule a consultation with Dr Jeremy Richardson regarding otoplasty ear surgery, contact us today on (03) 9486 6721.

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