Ear correction or otoplasty can improve the shape or positioning of your ears. It also can reduce the size of your ears if they are large in proportion to your other features. If your ears protrude more than normal, surgery can reposition them closer to your head.

The supporting tissue of the ears, called cartilage, is reshaped in order to position you ears closer to your head. This usually is accomplished through incisions placed behind your ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease. Book your ear correction consultation

Overview

Length of Surgery:
1.5 - 2.5 hours.

Anaesthesia:
Local Anesthetic or General Anesthetic. Performed as a day case in a hospital operating theatre.

What to expect immediately after the operation:
Ear bandages for a week. Uncomfortable (but not painful) ears. Bulky, turban-like dressing to protect the ears. Avoid contact sports. Lying on back to avoid leaning on nears.

Infrequent Complications:
Heamatoma, wound breakdown, asymmetry, wound infection.

Recovery

  • Shower or bathe the body after 48 hours, covering the wound site.
  • 5 - 10 days until socializing with friends & family and requiring analgesia.
  • 2 weeks until patient can return to work and perform normal social engagements including driving.
  • 3-4 weeks until bruising and swelling settles. May take longer.
  • 6 weeks until patient can return to gym and perform strenuous activities.
  • Scarring will continue to improve for the next 12 months with very proactive scar management.
 

Post Surgery Advice

  • Use recommended painkillers as required.
  • After a few days, any gauze dressings can be removed and you may need to wear a support strap (like a sweat band) across the ears. It should be worn as directed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid contact sports and places where you could be elbowed, etc.
  • Touching and Pulling should be avoided for the first 2 - 4 weeks, as your ears will be very sensitive.
  • Your surgeon will advise when to begin exercising and normal activities.
  • Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.