otoplastyHow many times have you looked at someone with the “VW doors” or “bat wing ears” and thought, you really should get those fixed!

Otoplasty is a very straightforward procedure that has been performed in the same manner by plastic surgeons for many years.

If you have lived with this problem, you understand the embarrassment that others have gone through. Well why wait?

This operation is commonly performed on children these days, to avoid the years of teasing and embarrassment . Ears are almost fully grown by age 4, so surgery is performed from the age of 4 years.

When ear surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.

A small percentage of men may develop a blood clot on the ear, this may dissolve naturally with time, or may need to be drawn out with a needle.

Occasionally, patients develop an infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form. Such infections are usually treated with antibiotics; rarely, surgery may be required to drain the infected area.

Assymmetry or difference between the two sides, may occasionally be noticeable, and might rarely need further surgery. Numbness of parts of the ear may also occur.

For children, we recommends that parents stay alert to their child’s feelings about protruding ears; don’t insist on the surgery until your child wants the change.

Ear surgery is usually performed as a day procedure at the Sunshine Coast Day Surgery or Sunshine Coat Private Hopital, or in the operating theatre at our rooms under local anaesthetic.

For young children, your surgeon will recommend general anaesthesia, so the child will sleep through the operation.

For adults , your surgeon will usually prefer to use local anaesthesia, combined with a sedative, so you will be awake but relaxed and pain free.

Ear surgery usually takes about an hours. An incision is made in the crease behind each ear. Through this approach, the cartilage is scored in such a way as to bend it permanently backward towards the head.

In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance.

If you have had earlobe stretchers in the past and would now like to repair the defect, this is a simple procedure for our platsic surgeon – Dr McGovern.

Earlobe stertcher repairs are generally done in our rooms under local anaesthetic (like going to the dentist).

If you would like more information on Otoplasty or earlobe repair following stretchers, please call our experience staff on our free-call number 18000 80001. They look forward to helping you achieve your goal.