OTOPLASTY (EAR CORRECTION)
Genetics play a significant role in dictating the shape and size of our ears. In situations where ears appear to be misshapen or especially prominent, otoplasty can be performed.
Otoplasty is a successful procedure for correcting protruding ears by setting them back closer to the head, and improving large, stretched, and split earlobes or lobes with large creases. It is performed for aesthetic and medical reasons (being dependent on strict Medicare* eligibility criteria). Patients must be over the age of five or six years, a time when children can become self-conscious or seen as different by their peers. It is also a popular procedure for adults.
Surgery takes approximately one hour in a fully accredited hospital under either general or local anaesthesia (with or without sedation) as day surgery or short hospital stay. This is dependent on your health and level of procedure.
Operative techniques vary depending on an your features. For example, to create a more pronounced fold in the central portion of the ear, Dr Page removes skin from the back of the ear and adjusts the cartilage beneath for the desired shape and position. In some instances, incisions are made on the front surface of the ear, placed discreetly within the normal contours or creases. After correction, incisions are sutured and ears carefully padded with cotton wool and secured with a bandage.
Recovery is usually rapid, with some bleeding and bruising occurring. In some cases, a setback ear may protrude again and will require a second procedure.
Following surgery, a head bandage is applied for one week and worn at night for another two weeks. A return to routine occurs within the week and exercise after three.
Deemed one of the more successful cosmetic surgery procedures, otoplasty aims to improve, not perfect, and helps boost personal confidence and self-esteem.
*From 1 November 2018, this procedure was deemed by Medicare to be purely aesthetic (cosmetic) for patients aged over 18 years old.