Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty - ear surgery to correct prominent ears.

Are you or your child being teased about “bat ears,” “elephant ears” or “telephone ears?”
Are you hiding behind your hair or hats?

Having large or prominent ears is very common, but sadly can be embarrassing or distressing for children and young adults who are teased or feel self-conscious. Sometimes the upper portion (or bowl) of the ear protrudes slightly, or sometimes the natural folds that shape the ear don’t develop properly. Sometimes the problem is just one ear, but most often it is both.

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty, sometimes known as “ear pinning” is a surgical procedure to correct prominent ears and gives instant, lasting results. This may be the most common problem that a plastic surgeon is confronted with. Prominent ears often affect self-image and interaction with others. Otoplasty is a procedure performed on the ears with very few complications and excellent success rates to improve the shape, orientation or size of the ears.

You might consider otoplasty if:

  • Your ears stick out from your head
  • Your ears are an irregular shape
  • One ear sticks out more than the other
  • Your ear is missing one of its folds
  • Your earlobe is more prominent than the rest of the ear
  • Your earlobe is enlarged or stretched (possibly from wearing heavy earrings)

Your consultation with Dr Kohout

First you’ll come into Dr Kohout’s private consultation rooms to talk about the surgery, the results you’d like and any concerns you have. Dr Kohout will assess you and let you know how he will be able to help. You’ll be able to look at some “before and after” photos to see how Dr Kohout has helped many satisfied clients in Sydney. You can also see some of those photos in the gallery. [link]

The procedure

Ear corrective surgery takes around an hour and a half and is performed in day surgery under local anaesthetic or intravenous sedation. An incision will be made behind your ears, and from here, excess cartilage is removed and your ear will be drawn closer to your head, initially held in place with stitches. Because the incision is made behind the ear, you won’t have any visible scars. After surgery, you’ll be able to go home within a few hours.

Recovery

As with any surgery, you will see some bruising and swelling, but there is very little pain. Any discomfort in the first few days can be treated with regular painkillers. You will have a bandage on your head until your stitches are removed, usually after about five to seven days. You’ll be back to normal within about two weeks, but we recommend avoiding contact sports for six weeks.

You’ll come back to the surgery to discuss your progress, and we’ll continue to monitor your results over the longer term, particularly for children who are still growing.

When should I have otoplasty and how much does it cost?

Otoplasty is most often performed on school age children so that they do not have to suffer long term teasing or lack self confidence as they grow older. However, the surgery can be performed on adults with equal success.

Otoplasty (correction of prominent ears) $4,400 This price assumes top hospital cover and having the procedure done under local anaesthetic. If you wish to have a general anaesthetic, this will add $900. If you do not have private insurance cover, this will add around $2,300.
Reduction of large earlobes $2,900 You may be eligible for medcare rebates
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