Sydney Otoplasty Surgery

Prominent Ear Surgery with Dr Gillian Arnold

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Prominent Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the ears. It can be used to correct deformities such as protruding ears or to simply make the ears more proportionate to the head. Between three and five per cent of all people have prominent ears. Usually, the outermost curve of the ear is unfolded. To repair this, sutures are placed in the cartilage framework of the ear and hidden under the skin. There is also a stitch in the skin to close the skin incision behind the ear.

Why have Otoplasty?

It is usually the children who are more self-conscious about their protruding or oddly shaped ears. They are the ones who feel embarrassed when they meet new people and are aware of the way others are reacting to them. This can have a negative impact on the childs self-esteem. Adults can also decide that their protruding or oddly shaped ears are a source of embarrassment and may wish to improve their looks by making having otoplasty done. Some adults also choose this procedure for reconstructive purposes if they had an ear deformity during childhood that went untreated and resulted in hearing loss on one side. Fundamentally, people undertake otoplasty surgery to address any of the following conditions: Some of the most common concerns of patients include:
  • Protruding or Oversized ears
  • Large, malformed or stretched earlobes
  • Excessively small ears
  • Constricted ears
  • Address ear deformities
  • Address differences in the size or shape of the left and right ears
  • Revision of a previous ear surgery

Before The Surgery

It is a good idea for those with short hair to have it cut very short just above the ears. Wash your hair the night before surgery.

After The Operation

You will wake up with a head bandage. You will need to keep this on for one week. Please keep it dry. One week after surgery the bandage will be taken down and a single stitch from each ear removed. You may wash your hair but you will need to wear a headband (as squash and tennis players do) in bed at night to protect your ears for the first month.

Otoplasty Results

The results from Otoplasty surgery are quite excellent. You can review our gallery of before and after images of our otoplasty procedures to see the outcomes.
Otoplasty Before and After Images – Prominent Ears

What does Otoplasty Cost?

Otoplasty surgery will be somewhere between $7000 and $10000 depending on whether you have a Medicare item number and health insurance. The Three Main Components Are:
  1. The surgical fee (approx $6,500)
  2. The anaesthetic fee (approx. $500 to $3500) varies due to the time taken for the operation and the anaesthetist that was chosen.
  3. The cost of hospitalisation  This can vary from patient to patient and we encourage you to contact your health fund and confirm your coverage. You may have an excess plus incidental costs of around $200 covers for pharmaceutical medicines and disposable items in the operating theatre.
If you don’t have health insurance, you will pay approx $3570 to $6,000 for the use of the operating theatre, hospital bed and nursing care. This fee is payable to the hospital on the day of admission. If you do not qualify for a Medicare item number there is no Medicare rebate. No Medicare rebate also means your health insurance will not cover you for all fees associated with the surgeon, anaesthetist or hospital admission. Medicare only gives item numbers for otoplasty to children up to the age of 18 if they have been teased about their prominent ears.

Contact Gillian Dunlop Today
to discuss your Surgery

If you would like to organise an initial discussion to discuss your sydney rhinoplasty treatment. Please book a consultation. Call us on (02) 9487 7877. Or fill out the form below.

Contact Gillian Dunlop Today
to discuss your Surgery

If you would like to organise an initial discussion to discuss your sydney rhinoplasty treatment. Please book a consultation. Call us on (02) 9487 7877. Or fill out the form below.