“My extensive years of study and practice in facial reconstruction mean I am able to perform these delicate procedures with extreme precision and the utmost care”
— Mr David Morgan, Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Mr David Morgan offers otoplasty or ear surgery for those patients who are unhappy with the size or position of their ears. The most common ear surgery performed is for the correction of prominent ears, which can be quite troublesome for some children, especially at school, when they are often victimised for their appearance. This procedure is also commonly performed on adults who have always had concerns about the appearance of their ears and who have now decided to act upon them. Smaller ear surgery is performed for skin cancers, as well as for repairing split earlobes that can occur when earrings get pulled through the lobule.
This surgery aims to sculpt and shape the cartilage of the ear and to reposition the ear closer to the scalp. Although there is no ‘normal’ ear shape, this surgery aims to alter the shape of the ear so that it appears more ‘average’ and will no longer be noticed as being different.
Mr David Morgan is extremely experienced when it comes to facial treatments and ear correction is no exception. With such a delicate procedure you need to feel confident with your surgeon, which is why Mr Morgan takes extra time during your consultation to discuss the treatment and share before and after photos.
How is it performed?
Otoplasty is performed most commonly under general anaesthetic. Children are usually observed overnight in hospital, but adult patients will be discharged on the same day if feeling well.
The procedure is carried out through incisions on the back surface of the ear, so there are no visible scars. Following the operation, a large padded bandage is wrapped around the ears and scalp to hold them in position and protect them. This is removed during your first post-operative visit one week later. Your ears will have their new shape at this time, but will remain a little bruised and swollen for another week or two.
How long will I need to recover?
Everyone will experience an anaesthetic or recover from an operation differently. Although uncommon, complications can also occur and result in a longer recovery time. Generally, most patients will recover sufficiently in two weeks to return to social activity and office-based work. More physical activity may require an extra week.
Who should/should not consider this type of surgery?
The best results are achieved in those with a clearly defined concern and realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve. In situations where this is not the case, the outcome from surgery may often be disappointing.
You should not consider this type of surgery as a response to a personal or professional crisis, or under the encouragement of somebody else. Any decision to undergo surgery needs to be for the right reasons. All surgery entails an element of risk, and you should not make any decision regarding surgery at a time of stress.
Being healthy and happy with your decision increases the chances of achieving a satisfactory result. Smoking, other medical conditions, and being overweight can make surgery unsafe. These and other risks will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
If you are interested in this procedure for you or your child but aren’t sure where to go from here contact our friendly team today. We will be able to organise an assessment and talk you through all the information and risks specific to you and your situation. Simply call us on 03 9591 0422 or fill out the contact box below.