Ear pinning (Otoplasty)
Otoplasty or ear surgery is sometimes called ear pinning and is used to treat a condition where one or both ears are more prominent than usual.
The surgery works by repositioning prominent ears closer to the head, improving the shape of the ears or reducing ear size. Having prominent ears is a relatively common condition which can be presented in several different ways including ‘cup ears’, ‘shell ears’, ‘bat ears’ or ‘lop ears’. Many patients attempt to conceal unusual or prominent ears under their hair, but otoplasty correction is a permanent solution which can help patients feel more confident in their everyday life and allow them to wear their hair any way they please.
To find out if surgery is right for you, book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in one of our three Sydney clinics:
Planning your surgery
What will happen during my consultation?
We encourage you to bring your partner, a family member or friend to your initial surgery consultation if you wish.
During your consultation, our plastic surgeon Dr Barnouti will take your full medical history including any history of excessive bleeding or slow wound healing.
Dr Barnouti will then conduct a general assessment of the auricles including asymmetries and other irregularities as well as the position, size and shape of the ear which will be noted and discussed with you. In general, auricles should measure 5-6 cm in height, and the long axis should recline approximately 20° from the vertical plane. The auricle should diverge from the occipital scalp at no wider than a 35° angle and the antihelix should form a 75-105°angle between the scaphoid fossa and the concha. Dr Barnouti will be able to explain these principles of otoplasty correction during your ear surgery consultation.
Dr Barnouti will also discuss your goals and lifestyle in detail to see if you are a suitable candidate for otoplasty and understand the care needed after your ear surgery.
If you are a suitable candidate for otoplasty, pre ear surgery photos will be taken in frontal, lateral, and oblique positions. Sometimes a bird’s eye view photo and/or posterior views can help us document lateralization of the ears while close-up lateral and oblique photos can help to show specific deformities of each separate ear.
You can get more information about otoplasty or ear surgery during a private consultation at one of our Sydney clinics.
To find out more about if ear pinning otoplasty plastic surgery is right for you book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in Sydney today.
What happens during surgery?
Otoplasty correction surgery will be different in each unique case but to correct prominent ears or ‘bat ears’ the surgeon makes a small incision on the back of the ear to expose the cartilage. The cartilage is then folded towards the head and the ear stitched back to hold it in its new position. If the ears are very prominent some cartilage may be removed during ear surgery.
An otoplasty usually takes between 90 minutes and 120 minutes and the resulting scars are behind the ear where they can’t be seen.
What happens after surgery?
Recovery from ear surgery is very fast.
A large bandage need only be worn for the first few days after your otoplasty then it will be replaced with a lighter dressing similar to a hair band.
Stitches are normally dissolvable so they don’t need to be removed. Otoplasty causes very little bruising or swelling but the wound will be checked after a week to make sure it is healing well.
How soon can I go back to work and resume my normal activities?
You can return to work almost immediately after your otoplasty, even the day after your ear surgery if you wish. However, additional care should be taken to avoid activities where the ear may be pulled or bent for the first month, in particular with children who could be teased by their siblings or friends.
These costs are for otoplasty or ear pinning surgery to correct prominent ears or ‘bat ears’. If you have a specific ear condition which you’d like to get corrected we will be able to advise you of the cost after your ear surgery consultation.
Total cost of otoplasty or ear pinning surgery: $5,500 (including surgeon fee, assistant surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits).
This price assumes hospital cover with a private fund. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for additional costs of $2,500.
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti who will advise you on the best approach and expected outcome for your otoplasty during your initial consultation at one of his three Sydney clinics.