Prominent ears can cause significant distress to an individual, particularly if they suffer from social taunts because of the shape of their ears. This can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem and self-confidence, both during childhood and adulthood.
By bringing the ears into improved proportion with the rest of the head, otoplasty can have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s self-image and overall quality of life.
If you or your child has ears that protrude or are unusually shaped, and you are interested in learning more about otoplasty, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr Chaithan Reddy at our plastic surgery practice serving Sydney’s Upper North Shore, the Lower North Shore, Norwest, Central Coast, and surrounding areas today.
Am I a good candidate for otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a very effective procedure for improving and correcting the position and shape of one’s ears. If you have prominent ears (‘bat’ ears) or abnormally shaped ears, then you will be a good candidate for this procedure. It is also a very useful technique in recreating symmetry in individuals who have two differently shaped ears or one ear that is more prominent than the other. While Dr Reddy commonly performs otoplasty on children at his North Shore and Norwest offices, the procedure is appropriate for adult patients, as well.
Among adult patients, otoplasty can be combined with other aesthetic facial plastic surgery procedures, such as cheek and chin implant placement and non-surgical treatments, if desired
What does ear correction surgery entail?
Otoplasty is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, but may be performed under local anaesthetic in suitable patients. The procedure will take approximately 2 hours for both ears. Prior to your anaesthesia, Dr Reddy will mark out the planned incisions using calipers ensuring that symmetry is optimised. The planned incisions would have been discussed with you in detail at your prior consultation and will be confirmed again prior to your surgery. The incisions are positioned behind the ear, in order to conceal them.
There are two commonly used techniques in the treatment of prominent ears. These include the Furnas technique and Chongchet technique. Dr Reddy is proficient in performing both techniques and will discuss these techniques with you at the time of your consultation. Irrespective of the technique employed, the critical step involves addressing the underlying cartilage. Dr Reddy believes this is crucial in achieving long lasting results. Once the underlying cartilage framework has been reshaped, the skin will be closed with fine gauge sutures. A head bandage will also be applied to protect your ears and keep the soft cotton wool dressings in place.