Ear Surgery / Otoplasty
Overly large and protruding ears can have a dramatic influence on the self-esteem and confidence of an individual
Procedure performed by Ashbury Clinic. Before and after photos are samples of the results you can achieve. Please note these photos are for illustrative purposes only.
The presence and positioning of overly large or protruding ears can subject sufferers to years of bullying and self-consciousness, particularly when going through the difficult years of school. Pinning the ears back, so that they lie in a more flat position against the head, is a simple and elegant solution to the problem and can be completed on children as young as six as well as adults of all ages.
Otoplasty Brisbane & Gold Coast
Ear surgery (Otoplasty)
This procedure can involve either the reshaping or removal of some of the cartilage behind the ear or via laser treatment. Scarring from the treatment is not only hidden in the ears natural creases, but can also prove very faint in nature. Dissolving sutures means that returning to the doctor is often not needed.
Modern laser techniques can assist in the conducting of ear surgeries and have shown to be beneficial in decreasing the rate of complications and revisions post-surgery. Ear surgery is generally conducted in around an hour and can be combined with other facial procedures.
Local anaesthetics are most often used in addition to various drugs taken before and after surgery to maximise your comfort. After surgery, the ears are covered with a dressing that is removed after 4-5 days. A support head band will be given to you to wear at night for the next 4 weeks to prevent damage to your ears during sleep. Any minor pain or discomfort you experience can be controlled with medication.
Most patients find that they can resume normal activities after a couple of days from the surgery, with your appearance returning to a comfortable level after no more than a week, however, full healing can take up to 3 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions we have been asked by patients prior to undergoing this procedure:
Is there any bruising post-procedure?
With the average ear surgery procedure there won’t be much bruising. However, your treated ear will be sensitive to light or medium pressure for around 3 weeks. There is generally very little pain post-procedure.
Are there any risks associated with otoplasty?
Two of the risks of operation are bleeding and infection. But for either of these two to occur is rare. It is important to note that, in some cases, ears may be numb 2 or 3 months after the procedure.
When will I be able to see results?
It will take up to 7 days before the pressure dressing is removed. Once the pressure bandage has been removed you will see an immediate result. It is important to note that there will be some residual swelling when the bandages come off.
Where are the incisions made?
To enhance the aesthetic benefits of this procedure, the incisions are made in the most inconspicuous places, such as behind the ears. The other places incisions are made are within the natural folds and curvatures of the ear structure.
Otoplasty Brisbane & Gold Coast
If you would like to know more about ear surgery, or if you would like to book a consultation at one of our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics, contact us today.