Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

Most people are happy if their ears are not noticed however, ears that stick out, are overly large, or strangely shaped can attract unwelcome attention. Otoplasty can correct deformities or defects and improve the ears aesthetically.

Who is a good candidate for Otoplasty?

Someone concerned with any the following characteristics:

  • Protruding ears
  • Prominent ears
  • Misshapen ears

Who is not a Good Candidate for Otoplasty?

Someone concerned with any of the following characteristics:

  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Impaired healing

The Procedure

Dr Oates performs Otoplasty at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia.

The incision for Otoplasty is hidden in the crease behind the ear. The cartilage is sculpted and sutures placed to hold the cartilage in its new position. Dissolving sutures are usually used to close the incisions. A soft bandage is placed around the ears for the first two days.


After the first two days it is usually only necessary to wear the bandage at night for the following four nights. The ears will feel numb, this will settle over a few weeks to months.

Is there discomfort?

Most patients will describe the feeling as mild to moderate discomfort (this is mainly due to the swelling). The discomfort can be eased with Panadol or Panadeine forte.

Pre and Post Operative Care

Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre-operative assessment and post operative wound management.

Risks and Complications

There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information for Otoplasty.

If I am interested what now?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral letter you will be able to claim some cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides you are a suitable candidate for Otoplasty and you want to go ahead with surgery, a booking for the surgery and pre-operative assessment is scheduled. The usual waiting period is three to four weeks.

Complimentary Consultation

You may wish to speak with our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this complimentary consultation, the Nurse Consultant can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your concern(s).

For more detailed information on Otoplasty, visit http://www.facialplastics.com.au/pd30-56/otoplasty-ears/