An otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can assist with concerns around protruding ears, a condition that can effect both adults and children alike.
What is Otoplasty?
An otoplasty, otherwise known as ear pinning, is designed to restructure the angle and shape of protruding or uneven ears.
Ear surgery aims to reshape part of the cartilage in the ears so that they lie closer to the side of the head.
This procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility by a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Who is a Candidate for Otoplasty?
An otoplasty can be considered if you are over 18 years of age and have concerns about the appearance of your ears. In some cases younger children may wish to undergo this procedure, this will be dependent on hospital age restrictions and will require the patient to be old enough to be a part of discussions regarding surgery.
The ideal candidate for otoplasty surgery is someone who:
- Has concerns about large or protruding ears
- Has realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can achieve
- Is healthy and without medical conditions that may impair healing
The first step is having a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, during which you can discuss expectations, ask questions and receive a detailed explanation of what happens during the procedure.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also important to prepare for your recovery before your otoplasty. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery. Adult patients must stop smoking at least 30 days prior to your procedure.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accredited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
Our clinical team will provide you with specific pre and post-operative instructions that will help to minimise risks.
Our clinical staff will provide you with clear post-operative instructions, including what to expect immediately following your procedure and expected time frames for returning to normal activities, prior to your procedure.
It is extremely important that you follow your Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s instructions after your otoplasty, as this will speed the healing process and allow for the best possible result.
All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to ensure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.
The cost of otoplasty is dependant on a number of factors. This includes the complexity of the procedure, the experience of the surgeon, anaesthetic fees and hospital fees. Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote.
Medicare and private health insurance may cover a portion of the costs if this procedure is deemed medically necessary.
To receive a more accurate cost for this procedure, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.