Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery)

Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery)

Ear correction surgery is usually performed to move prominent ears closer to the head or reduce the size of large ears. The procedure is most commonly performed on children of primary school age as the ear cartilage is soft and easily moulded. The procedure can also be performed on adolescents and adults.

The aim is to produce natural looking ears by reshaping the cartilage. This can have a significant positive effect on an individual’s self esteem.

Otoplasty can be performed as a day procedure. The anaesthetist will discuss pain relief with the patient and his/her carers. The patient’s ears are usually bandaged for 7-10 days so that they remain still and close to the head. A mild form of pain relief may be required the first 1-2 nights after the surgery. For children, the operation may be best scheduled to take place prior to or during school holidays.

Post Op Care

The anaesthetist will prescribe analgesia for use during your hospital stay and for when you are discharged.

A post operative appointment is scheduled after 1 week – 10 days.

The bandages are removed at this appointment. The ears can be red and swollen when the bandages are removed. This will settle over the following weeks. Children are advised to avoid ‘rough’ play/contact sports for 1-2 weeks after the operation. A ‘headband’ for sleeping is helpful to reduce the risk of the ears ‘folding’ forwards during sleep.