Face Surgery

Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery Melbourne

Introduction to Otoplasty

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape and position of the ears. It is often sought by individuals who have prominent or asymmetrical ears. At Niche Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, our team of surgeons customises the otoplasty procedure to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Who Needs an Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is suitable for individuals of all ages who wish to change the appearance of their ears. It can be particularly beneficial for:

  • Children and adolescents with protruding ears, typically performed from the age of five onwards.
  • Adults looking to correct lifelong concerns or those resulting from an injury.
  • Anyone seeking changes in ear symmetry and alignment with the rest of their facial features.

The Otoplasty Procedure

  • Surgical Technique:

The typical otoplasty surgery involves an incision on the back of the ear, in the natural fold where the ear joins the head. Through this incision, the surgeon can sculpt or bend the cartilage and reposition it. Techniques vary depending on the specific corrections needed, such as reducing ear size, reshaping the cartilage, or improving symmetry.

  • Anaesthesia:
    Children usually receive general anaesthesia to ensure they remain still and comfortable throughout the procedure. Adults may have the option of local anaesthesia with sedation, allowing them to remain awake but relaxed.
  • Duration and Recovery:
    Otoplasty generally takes about one to two hours to complete, depending on the extent of the surgery. Patients typically return to school or work after a week. A headband is often worn at night to maintain the new positioning of the ears during the recovery phase.

Risks and Possible Complications

Otoplasty as with any surgical procedure, it carries potential risks such as:

  • Scarring: Scars hidden behind the ears or within the ear’s natural creases.
  • Asymmetry: Uneven positioning of the ears.
  • Infection: Risk of infection at the incision site.
  • Haematoma: Blood accumulation requiring drainage.
  • Overcorrection: Ears positioned too close to the head.
  • Anaesthesia Risks: Complications related to anaesthesia.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Before an otoplasty procedure, patients will undergo a detailed consultation to evaluate their suitability for surgery and discuss their goals. Preparation may involve:

  • Avoiding certain medications that can increase bleeding
  • Adjusting current medications
  • Stopping smoking well in advance of surgery

Post-Surgery Care

Following an otoplasty procedure, detailed instructions will be provided for post-operative care, which may include:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • Follow-up appointments to monitor the progress of healing

Our surgeons are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes through personalised surgical plans, meticulous technique, and comprehensive follow-up care. If you are considering otoplasty in Melbourne, contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. 

Call us to Discuss Your Otoplasty Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if otoplasty surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS-qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Otoplasty FAQs

What age is best for otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be performed at any age after the ears have reached their full size, typically by age five. Early surgery may help alleviate psychological distress in school-aged children but can also be effectively performed on adults.

How long does recovery from otoplasty take?

Most patients are able to return to school or work after a week. However, full recovery and the final results may take several months to become apparent. It’s advised to wear a headband at night to maintain the new position of the ears during the recovery phase.

Will the results of otoplasty be visible immediately?

Immediate changes can be seen once the bandages are removed; however, the final results of the surgery may take up to several months as swelling and bruising subside.

Are there any visible scars after otoplasty?

Scars from otoplasty are usually well hidden behind the ear or within the ear’s natural creases, making them difficult to see.

Can otoplasty affect hearing?

Otoplasty does not affect the internal structures of the ear and therefore does not impact hearing. The procedure is purely cosmetic, intended to alter the external appearance of the ears.