Otoplasty, or ear reduction, offers benefits to individuals of most ages. Generally our ears are nearly fully developed by the age of five, allowing for the surgery to be performed from this age onward. Most patients undergo otoplasty to reduce the size of large ears or have prominent ears “pinned back” closer to the head.
Since schoolyard teasing and ridicule can negatively impact a child’s self-esteem, many parents seek out otoplasty for their children at an early age. Most otoplasty procedures are performed on children between 5 and 14 years of age. Ear surgery can also be performed to reshape adult ears, to increase self-esteem and improve appearance.
FAQ’s: Otoplasty (Ear Reduction) Sydney
Good candidates for an otoplasty include healthy individuals with any of the following issues:
- Prominent ears
- Disproportionately large shape
- Ears that protrude too far from the face
Otoplasty is typically performed on both ears for a better balance, even when only one ear appears to protrude. Many patients experience a boost in their self-image.
A personal consultation is the first step for any patient considering otoplasty. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Past surgeries
We may also take photographs for your medical record. Clear communication about your aesthetic goals are essential at this time.
A small incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. Our surgeon will then sculpt the cartilage and bend it back towards the head.
Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape. Occasionally, a larger piece of cartilage will be removed to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete. Another technique involves a similar incision in the back of the ear. Skin is removed and stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage. Otoplasty usually takes 1 – 2 hours.
Although thousands of people undergo otoplasty each year and experience no major complications, all surgeries carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering otoplasty.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for otoplasty in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
For your comfort and convenience, the otoplasty procedure will take place under general anaesthetic. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
Head bandages are worn for one week post operation. In the following months, you may be asked to return for periodic check ups. These appointments are important to assess your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.
If you approach otoplasty with realistic expectations, you’ll most likely be very pleased with your results. In most cases, the surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade in time.
An ear reduction procedure starts at $8000.