Otoplasty, sometimes referred to as setback otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can improve the shape and positioning of your ears.
It also can reduce the size of your ears, if they are large in proportion to your other features.
If your ears protrude more than normal, surgery can setback the ears and bring them closer to your head. This can achieve an overall more desired position for the ears.
Ear surgery is often recommended for children that are six years or older, as they near total ear development by the age of five or six.
Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps to eliminate potential psychological trauma that can be caused from the teasing of other classmates.
Adults may also have their ears reshaped with ear surgery. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for Otoplasty.
You will be able to find out if you can benefit from ear surgery during a professional consultation with Dr Scamp.
As a surgical procedure, patients are administered a general anaesthetic beforehand to maximise patient comfort and ensure ear surgery is pain-free.
The supporting tissue of the ears, which is called cartilage, will be reshaped in order to position your ears closer to your head. This is usually accomplished through making small incisions placed behind your ears.
Once the cartilage has been repositioned, any excess skin will also be removed. The incisions will then be closed up. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease. This means there will be no scarring visible on the front of the ears.
Ear surgery usually takes around 90 minutes, depending on the shape and size of the ears.
After surgery, some swelling bruising is to be expected. This will gradually reduce with rest and downtime.
In addition, you will need to wear a bandage for seven days to ensure that your ears heal in their new, corrected position.
You will also need to avoid strenuous exercise and contact sports for several weeks. You can resume most non-strenuous activities within one week of surgery. This can include returning to your daily routine and work or school.
You will need to wear a head band at night for four weeks. Children need to be old enough to cooperate with the bandaging regime.
Generally, six years of age is the preferred minimum age for Otoplasty
Otoplasty can deliver natural looking results, reducing the appearance of protruding ears and bringing them closer to the head. This can make the ears look less prominent. It is important to remember that every patient will have different results with Otoplasty.
You can find out how well this surgery can work for you or your child during a professional consultation with Dr Scamp.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.