Otoplasty, ear pinning, or ear surgery is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure designed to re position prominent or protruding ears for a more balanced and symmetrical look.
The aim of an otoplasty is to create a natural, understated shape with the incisions concealed behind the ear.
The cosmetic ear surgery involves reshaping ear cartilage using cartilage scoring and suture setback techniques to set the ear closer to the head.
Who is a candidate for Otoplasty
If your ears are overly prominent or if you feel your ears are unattractively shaped,then setback otoplasty surgery may be an option for you. Ear pinning procedures are ideal for both children and adults.
In children, we usually recommend that they are over the age of 6 years, or until ear growth is advanced enough for the effects of surgery to be long-lasting.
Things to consider before otoplasty surgery
Before you decide on an otoplasty, you need to consider:
- Even when only one ear protrudes, surgery is generally performed on both ears for a better balance.
- Exact evenness (symmetry) isn’t likely. Similar to natural ears, the position of the ears after otoplasty will not match perfectly.
- As with all surgical procedures, smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing ear surgery, you should try to quit smoking.
Please contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation at Aesthetica. A thorough medical history will be taken during your consultation. Then after listening to your concerns, Dr Ashley, with over 30 years experience, will suggest a treatment plan to address your concerns.
You will be shown before and after photographs during your consultation.
Otoplasty – the procedure
There are several surgical techniques used in undertaking setback otoplasty procedure.
The otoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia, but if you are concerned about being awake it can be done with sedation or a general anaesthetic.
An incision is made behind your ear, within the ear’s natural folds,then the cartilage and skin tissue is reshaped.
Every procedure is unique, addressing your concerns and aspirations.
After removing the excessive skin. the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures.
After your Otoplasty
Once your cosmetic ear surgery is completed, a protective surgical dressing and head band are placed over your ears.
You will wear the soft headband for about 10 days then at night for another 4-6 weeks.
Most patients require about a week to recover from otoplasty. You may experience soreness, swelling and bruising, which will naturally subside in a few days.
You may resume light office work or school, and non-strenuous activities within a week. But you should avoid strenuous exercise for four to six weeks after your procedure.
Depending of the extent of work involved, type of anaesthetic – if any, and the theatre fees, costs can vary. As an indication all inclusive otoplasty costs starts off at $5,600.
This also includes all your aftercare treatments to help with scar healing and swelling reduction.
You may be entitled to a Medicare rebate and private health insurance rebates. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
For further information or book in for a free consultation with Doctor Ashley, please email us or call us on 98246134.