Otoplasty is the technical term for ear surgery or ear pinning. For the majority of patients, otoplasty involves the repositioning or reshaping of unusual or protruding ears. However it can also be performed when reshaping is required due to oversized earring holes, or for a complete redesign of the ear due to trauma or cancer. Protruding or oversized ears can be the cause of great distress and lowered self-esteem, and ear pinning or ear surgery is a simple way to create more proportional, symmetrical and attractive ears.
If you come to Géniale for an otoplasty procedure you’ll be in the incredible hands of Dr. Bill Lyon. An Australian born and trained cosmetic surgeon, he has trained at Flinders University, undertaken extensive surgical training throughout both Australia and England, won numerous prizes and scholarships for both clinic and research work, and has numerous publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lyon has also travelled to both Rwanda and Fiji as a part of the Open Heart International humanitarian agency. Dr Lyon’s gentle and caring approach will provide you with an honest opinion regarding your suitability for otoplasty, with your safety and wellbeing at the core of every decision.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Here at Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a holistic approach to your goals for reshaping your body. A preliminary consultation is encouraged so you can get to know our team, and so that our resident otoplasty specialist can assess the proportions of your entire body, not only your face, to ensure your results are as natural as possible. We also encourage consultations so you can learn more about alternative procedures that may be better suited to your goals.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
While the process of otoplasty procedures may vary, generally the steps are as follows. First, an incision is made behind the ear for the surgeon to access cartilage through — this incision is strategically placed so that any scarring is hidden behind the ear. The surgeon will then either remove excess cartilage through this incision or reshape the current cartilage to better compliment your features. Once finished, the incisions are then gently closed with stitches.
While all of our surgeons are highly trained to ensure that any undesirable side effects are minimal, there are
still inherent risks associated with this procedure. These include:
Anaesthesic risks – Bleeding
Poor wound healing and skin loss – Unsatisfactory results may include: asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location and unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions. (It may be necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results)
Is it right for me?
We understand how difficult the decision is to undergo any medical procedure. During your preliminary consultation we will assess your suitability for an otoplasty procedure and discuss with you how best to achieve your desired result.
How long is the recovery time?
Otoplasty can sometimes require an overnight stay depending on the patient and the procedure. Recovery post-procedure generally involves wrapping a bandage being around the ears and head for up to one week. You may also be asked to wear a headband at night for a further 2-3 weeks to prevent movement and ensure your ears have the proper amount of time to heal.
Will there be any scarring?
Scarring is a natural side effect of otoplasty, however experienced surgeons such as Dr Bill Lyon are able to place incisions behind the ear so that scarring is barely visible once healed.
Will I need anaesthetic?
Otoplasty can require either local or general anaesthetic, depending on the patient. While the risks of modern anaesthetic are low they are still present. The doctor will discuss these with you prior to the procedure.
Will other medications affect results?
Our Géniale doctors will enquire into any medications you are taking during your consultation. Depending on the medication these may need to be halted leading up to the surgery.
How long does the procedure take?
Typically this procedure takes one to three hours, however this timing is largely dependent on the patient’s needs and the complexity of the surgery.