North Shore Cosmetic Surgery is a group of
Plastic Surgeons dedicated to providing a high
standard of service to the North Shore.
All members are Fellows of the Royal Australian
College of Surgeons, Australian Society of Plastic
A patient guide
Surgeons and Australian Society of Aesthetic
Plastic Surgeons, and have been trained to the
Level 1, 357 Military Rd to understanding
highest possible standards.
Prominent Ear Correction
Suite 507 SAN Clinic
North Shore Cosmetic Surgery provides a
Wahroonga 2076 (Otoplasty)
comprehensive range of cosmetic and
reconstructive plastic surgery procedures,
as well as a full range of ancillary
FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS CALL Dr Charles Cope
MBBS BSc(Med) FRACS
INTRODUCTION THE SURGERY AFTER THE SURGERY
Otoplasty is a commonly Otoplasty is performed in adults but is more Otoplasty is not usually a painful procedure, and
performed operation to frequently performed in children in order to avoid usually only simple pain medications are needed
correct ears which stick teasing at school. In children, it is usually best afterwards. The head bandage needs to be kept
out too far from the side of performed any time after the age of six, by which dry and is left in place for a week, at which time
the head and to improve time the ear cartilage is mature enough to be it is removed and any stitches that need to be
the shape of the ears. It shaped. It is best to wait until your child wants the removed are taken out. From this time the ears
can be performed to surgery so that they can co-operate with the are left uncovered and you can shower normally.
correct differences between surgery and the aftercare. You will need to wear a headband at night for a
the two ears as well as to few weeks following the procedure.
bring the ear position more into harmony with the
The procedure is performed under a general
rest of the face. This can improve your appearance
anaesthetic, usually as a day-surgery procedure.
and enhance your self esteem, making you feel
During the surgery local anaesthetic is also used,
more self confident.
which helps with post-operative pain relief.
BEFORE THE SURGERY
It is important to discuss with your surgeon any The scars for otoplasty are all placed behind the
pre-existing medical conditions which you may ear so as not to be easily visible. In order to
have, any history of bad scarring, as well as improve the shape of your ear a combination of
notifying them of any regular medications that you either moulding the cartilage or using stitches
take. Tablets such as anti-inflammatories, nurofen may be used. Additional stitches may be used to
and aspirin should be avoided in the 2 weeks pull the entire ear closer to the side of the head
before surgery, as they can increase the risk of and also to correct prominence of the ear lobes.
bleeding. Before you wake up a head bandage is applied Correction of prominent ears is a
around the forehead and ears. common surgical procedure which
You will need to discuss what results you are
can improve your body image and
expecting from the surgery, and your surgeon will
your self confidence.
be able to show you some photos of other patients
who have had the procedure.