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Otoplasty

Otoplasty is the term used to describe surgery to improve the shape of ears. It is a common procedure performed in both children and adults.

In children, otoplasty is usually for prominent ears that not only require reduction and pinning back but also reshaping of features that are distorted or absent from birth. In adults, otoplasty is often performed for individuals who regret not having had the procedure in their childhood as well as for acquired disorders such as trauma in later life.

The incision for otoplasty is hidden behind the ear in the groove between the ear and scalp. My technique for reshaping the ear is a combination of weakening the abnormal memory in the cartilage of the ear by abrasion (rather than cutting which is potentially more destructive) and stabilising the new desired appearance with sutures. I tend to avoid cartilage destruction techniques so that the newly shaped ear has smooth contours like a normal, natural ear.


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Time

The operation takes from 1-1.5 hours.

 
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Hospitalisation

Generally a day only procedure without the need for overnight hospitalisation however I prefer to offer children a night’s stay in hospital to make it easier for the family unit.

 
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Risks

Risks are general to any procedure and specific to otoplasty. I will go through these with you in detail based on your individual risk profile. This will also be included in your surgery pack that will be provided after your initial consultation.

 
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Recovery

A head bandage is placed at the end of the procedure that I remove after 7-10 days.

 
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Cost

Initial consultation is $300. If a second consultation is required, this is at no out-of-pocket charge.

The total cost of the procedure (surgeon, anaesthetist, hospital fees) and any rebates you may be entitled will be calculated for you after your initial consultation and you will be provided a written quote. Post-operative consultations are not charged.

It is advisable to bring a referral as you will likely be eligible for rebates from Medicare and your health fund that will offset a proportion of the above costs.

 

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