Cosmetic Procedures

Otoplasty (Ear surgery)

Procedure
Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. (May be eligible for a Medicare rebate)
Length
2 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia
Young children: usually a general. Older children or adults: general or local with sedation.
In/ Outpatient
Usually outpatient.
Side Effects
Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.
Risks
Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion requiring repeat surgery.
Recovery
Back to work/school: 5-7days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1-2 months.
Duration
Usually permanent.

Doctors performing this procedure: Otoplasty (Ear surgery) in Australia

Doctors performing this procedure: Otoplasty (Ear surgery) outside of Australia