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Otoplasty (Prominent Ears)

Otoplasty or correction of prominent ears is a commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in children and to a lesser extent in adults.

It is designed to reduce large or protruding ears by setting them back closer to the head as well as correcting the shape of the ears to a more aesthetically pleasing one.

Technique

Ear Surgery OtoplastyThe procedure is done in a fully accredited Private hospital with the patients usually staying overnight. Dr Safvat only works with highly trained anaesthetics accredited with the ANZ College of Anaesthetists. The operation usually takes about 1-1½ per ears.

An incision is made behind the ear. The ear cartilage is moulded to achieve the desired shape of the ear. Skin and cartilage may also have to be removed as needed. The incisions & the resulting scars are well concealed on the back of the ear.

Timing

Generally Ototplasty is postponed until the ears have undergone most of their growth. This is usually in the preschool age which also prevents the child being teased at school. Of course the operation can be performed at any age after that, even in adulthood.

Recovery

The patient is required to stay in hospital overnight. After the operation, the head is wrapped with bandages that need to stay intact for a week. After a week the bandages are removed and a head band is worn at night for a month. You can expect the ears to be bruised and swollen for 1-2 weeks and there may be some skin puckering that may take up from couple of weeks to a month to settle. It is usually recommended that children take about 2 weeks off school and need to take it easy at home to recover.

Cost

Otoplasty has an Item number and patients will get a rebate from Medicare and their health fund. The hospital costs are covered by private health funds depending on the patients’ level and type of cover. At the first consultation Dr Safvat and his team will discuss all the costs associated with Otoplasty Surgery.

Complications

Any surgical procedure can be associated with some general complications such as risks associated with general anaesthetics, and mild to severe infection. Having your procedure done in an accredited hospital minimises risks. Dr Safvat prescribes antibiotics upon discharge to minimise infection risk.

With Otoplasty there is also risk of collection of blood (heamatoma) in the ear. Although uncommon these usually happen in the first 24 hours and hence the patients are kept overnight to pick this up early and to rectify it. Irregularity of shape and noticeable asymmetry are other rare complications of Ototplasty which may need another procedure to correct. 

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