Ear Pinning – Otoplasty


Otoplasty, or an ear job, is a surgical procedure designed to set prominent ears closer to the head, to improve their overall shape, or to reduce their size. Prominent ears can be in a myriad of forms, including cup ear, shell ear, bat ear, and lop ear. Many patients attempt to camouflage the deformity with hairstyling.
The consultation

Full medical history and examination including history of excessive bleeding, poor wound healing as the lobular and the back of the ear are one of few areas that are prone to keloid scaring. General assessment of the auricles: asymmetries, irregularities, position, size and shape of the ear will be noted and discussed with the patient. Auricles should measure 5-6 cm in height, and the long axis should recline approximately 20o from the vertical plane. The auricle should diverge from the occipital scalp at no greater than a 35o angle. The antihelix should form a 75-105oangle between the scaphoid fossa and the concha.

Preoperative photographs will be taken in standard frontal, lateral, and oblique positions. Additionally, a bird’s eye view from above and/or posterior views can help document lateralization. Close-up lateral and oblique photographs can aid in analysing the particular deformities in each ear.

A patient must also be judged to be cooperative with the postoperative regimen.

The surgery

The surgeon makes a small incision on the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The resulting scar will be hidden behind the ear.

The cartilage is then folded towards the head or, where a greater reduction is required, remove some of the cartilage , before inserting sutures to keep it in its new position.

An otoplasty typically takes from one to two hours.

After surgery

Recovery from ear surgery is very quick.  A bandage need only be worn for the first few days, after which it will be replaced with a lighter dressing similar to a hair band.

Stitches are usually resorbable, the wound will be checked after a week and there is very little in the way of bruises or swelling.

Getting you back to school, work and normal duties

You can return to work almost immediately, even the day after surgery if you wish, However, take care to avoid activities where the ear may be pulled or bent for the first month, especially kids who could be teased by their siblings or friends.

Otoplasty – Plastic Surgery Costs

Otoplasty – Plastic Surgery Costs
Otoplasty ( correction of prominent or “bat” ears)

Total Cost: $5,500 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeons fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).

Medicare and/or Private health insurance will refund you some of the above total cost.

This price assumes top hospital cover with a private fund. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $2,500.

Before and After Images

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