Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) at Our Adelaide Practice in South Australia

When a child or young adult has especially prominent or protruding ears their self esteem can suffer significantly. They are frequently subject to teasing at school. Ear pinning (or otoplasty) is a highly effective surgical procedure that corrects prominent ears by setting them closer to the head, changing their apparent size and shape. This procedure is most commonly performed between the ages of five and 14, but is often performed on adults as well, even in adults in their 60s. Dr. Hamilton is extremely skilled and experienced in Ear Pinning Otoplasty, and has helped very many children and adults improve their appearance and self esteem using this fast, safe and effective procedure. Dr. Hamilton’s calm, thorough and kindly approach is a reassurance to both children and their parents.

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) Procedure

Dr. Hamilton uses the Scandinavian Otoplasty technique, which he perfected in Sweden. He begins by making an incision made behind the ear, enabling him to reshape and sculpture the ear cartilage and then firm the new structure with special internal sutures, using techniques similar to rhinoplasty. The cartilage is then splinted or pinned into position by external bolster sutures, allowing the ear to then be positioned closer to the side of the head in a natural way. A turban like head bandage is applied. The bandage is removed at 7 days and the bolster sutures are removed at the same time. The ears are usually set in position by 2 weeks and the scar is virtually invisible being behind the ear.

Recovery after Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Ear pinning takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, at our Adelaide, South Australia Clinic, usually under general anaesthesia for children, and local anaesthetic with mild sedation for adults. It is a day procedure, with most patients experiencing very little discomfort, effectively managed with mild painkillers. There is usually some bruising which settles quickly. Most normal activities can be resumed within one week. When the swelling has settled the ears have a remarkably normal shape and the patient’s esteem is dramatically lifted. Contact Hamilton House Plastic Surgery today to see if otoplasty is right for you or your child.