Correction of Prominent Ears (Otoplasty)

Some children and adults have one or both ears that are “stick out” more than normal. This can be the source of considerable teasing or embarrassment.

This condition can be corrected surgically. The commonest cause for prominent ears is a lack of folding of the cartilage (gristle) of the ear.

Otoplasty Consultation

involves assessing the ears and the cause of the problem. In dealing with children the timing of the surgery is very important and needs to be discussed. Otoplasty is not usually performed before 4 years of age. Some parents prefer to have their child’s ear corrected before they enter school.

Otoplasty Surgery

requires a general anaesthetic for children but can be done under local anaesthetic in adults. The procedure involves removing some skin on the back of the ear and remoulding the cartilage (gristle) of the ear. The surgery takes approximately 2 hours. After the surgery a bulky bandage is placed around the ears and head and under the chin. The patient usually goes home the same day.

After Surgery

the woman can sometimes go home the same day as the surgery or may choose to stay overnight in the hospital. Pain relief is managed through prescribed pain medication. Drains if present are removed the following day.

A surgical bra is worn for 3 weeks. Swelling associated with the surgery settles after 6 weeks. Strenuous activities are avoided for 4-6 weeks.