Otoplasty – Ear Surgery

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Otoplasty, or ear pinning, can significantly improve the appearance of prominent ears in both adults and children, provided the ears have fully matured. Patients who undergo this procedure not only experience physical benefits but an improvement in self-esteem too.

Patients who have their ears pinned back have a reduced risk of trauma to the area and can finally wear hairstyles where their ears are more visible.

Modern otoplasty techniques allow patients to treat an array of abnormalities – A/Prof Magnusson will discuss your specific options with you during your consultation.

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The otoplasty procedure

The degree of your Otoplasty will depend on the type of correction needed. During your consultation with A/Prof Magnusson, your individualised procedure will be thoroughly discussed with you as well as what incision patterns may be required.

Generally, incisions are made either within the natural skin folds or at the back of the ear; this process allows for reduced visible scarring. Depending on the extent of correction necessary; the ear cartilage may be manipulated to create a more balanced, aesthetic appearance.

Most children and adults will have a general anaesthetic. If this is the case, your operation will need to take place in a hospital. The procedure can also be performed under local anaesthetic.

Once the necessary incisions have been made, the ear cartilage will be exposed, allowing A/Prof Magnusson to remove and reshape each ear. The ears are then pinned back against the head using non-removable sutures.

The patient’s head is then wrapped in a bandage, which will help keep the ears protected during recovery.

Otoplasty – Ear Surgery:

Ears are one of our most noticeable features, which is why protruding ears can have such an effect on self-confidence. A/Prof Magnusson understands that cosmetic surgery is a personal decision and one that requires the expertise of a qualified professional who will take your specific requirements into consideration. A/Prof Mark Magnusson has helped many patients across Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast with protruding and misshapen ears. Let A/Prof Magnusson help you with your aesthetic journey.

Suitable otoplasty candidates

Children, as well as adults, are suitable candidates for otoplasty. Adults who want this procedure must have no medical restrictions and should be in overall good health. It is imperative that patients know all of the limitations and possibilities of surgery and be realistic about their expectations following surgery.

If you have any of the following concerns, you could be a suitable candidate for cosmetic ear surgery:

  • Large or protruding ears
  • Enlarged earlobes
  • ‘Cauliflower ears’
  • ‘Lop ears’
  • Deformed or misshapen ears

The deformities mentioned above can all be corrected using otoplasty surgery. Those with large or stretched ear lobes or lobes with large wrinkles and creases are also candidates for this procedure. It is also possible to create new ears for those who have none, either from an injury, trauma or congenitally.

Ear surgery results

Changing the position, shape or size of your ears through otoplasty surgery can have a significant effect on your confidence and your overall appearance. Ear surgery (otoplasty) achieves immediate results that will last a lifetime.

One of the most popular reasons people have otoplasty is to improve the visual appearance of their ears. Reconstructive and cosmetic ear surgery is administered to treat a number of deformities, such as folded, cupped, protruding, ‘cauliflower’, large, or tiny ears.

After ear surgery, it will take several months for swelling to subside, which means most patients can only expect to see the final results of their procedure three to six months later. However, this will be different for everyone.

frequently asked questions

How much does otoplasty cost?

In most instances, otoplasty surgery starts at about $5,000 but every patient has slightly different requirements that can affect the final cost. If you’re serious about scheduling an otoplasty procedure, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with A/Prof Magnusson first so that an accurate quotation can be obtained. Some patients may be eligible for a Medicare rebate, which can also be determined during your consultation. You may also want to contact your insurer prior to your appointment to find out what your options are.

What can I expect during my recovery?

Following otoplasty surgery, patients can expect some discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with pain medication. You will need to leave the bandages in place until A/Prof Magnusson advises that it’s safe to remove them. Once the initial wrapping has been removed, a headband will need to be worn for several weeks, particularly at night, until the ears have healed completely. Patients should aim to take a week or two off work but, in most instances, a week is enough. Any activities that could place pressure on the head or damage the ears should be avoided for at least a month. A/Prof Magnusson will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the incisions until they have healed and how to sleep and shower in a way that will protect the ears until they’re healed.

Is there a chance that procedure can affect my hearing?

Since otoplasty only targets the outer ear, which doesn’t have a major impact on how the ears process sound, there is very little chance that your hearing will be affected. The only time that something like this could happen is if you had to schedule your procedure with an inexperienced surgeon.

Will there be visible scarring after my otoplasty procedure?

All incisions are made behind the ears or in the natural folds of the skin, which means scarring is minimal. There are also steps that can be taken to minimise scarring, correctly caring for the incision sites being one of them.

What are the risks associated with surgery?

Complications are very rare after otoplasty but it’s important to understand the risks anyway. It all starts with choosing the right surgeon and ensuring you’re an ideal candidate for this surgery. Bleeding, infection, scarring and asymmetry are some of the risks to be aware of. A/Prof Magnusson will explain these to you in detail during your consultation and tell you how to minimise any risks.

Book an appointment for Otoplasty in Brisbane, Toowoomba or the Gold Coast

A/Prof Magnusson can discuss the otoplasty procedure with you and provide you with information regarding risks and recovery times at your initial consultation. He has assisted patients in Brisbane and throughout Queensland. Request an appointment by contacting reception at either his Toowoomba or Gold Coast clinics today.