Otoplasty Melbourne

Commonly Performed on Both Children and Adults, Otoplasty Surgery is Designed to Reduce the Appearance of Protruding Ears.

About Ear Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery for the ear, known as “otoplasty”, corrects prominent ears.

Ear reduction surgery in Australia is a very common procedure in children aged around 5–6 years, and is carried out mainly to prevent exposing them to psychological distress from school yard criticism and taunting.

Otoplasty is also performed on teenagers and adults.

Ear plastic surgery involves your surgeon pinning the patient’s ears back closer to the head thus making them less prominent. This results in improved aesthetics of your face overall and can boost self-esteem and confidence.

Ear surgery can also help correct, reduce, or otherwise treat conditions where the ear folds over either inwards or downwards.

For patients aged 16 and under, Medicare or other healthcare rebates may partially or fully fund ear surgery.

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Who Is a Good Candidate For Otoplasty Surgery?

Unlike most other plastic surgery procedures, otoplasty has been deemed a safe, effective, and appropriate treatment for children as young as 5.

Your surgeon may recommend waiting until the cartilage has stabilised and is no longer growing; children reach this milestone at around 5-7 years of age making this an ideal opportunity to undergo otoplasty.

This also aligns with a child’s timeline and helps ensure they can improve the appearance of the ears before a child commences school. This is usually driven by emotional motive to reduce the risk of self-esteem issues or taunting from others once your child begins school.

Alongside younger children, otoplasty is also common amongst teens. A great advantage here is that the cartilage of both children and teens is still young, which means it is softer and more malleable, which can positively impact the outcome of surgery.

Along with any other cosmetic or medical procedure, otoplasty is also suitable for adults of any age. Otoplasty can correct prominent ears as well as other deformities due to injury or birth defects.

Your Consultation

Initial consultation:

Meet Mr Mutimer AM or A/Prof Shayan for a 15 min consultation where you will discuss your ear surgery in detail, the technique to be used and expected recovery time. Photos will be taken.

Following this you will meet with our Patient Advisor who will take you through costs and discuss potential dates for your ear surgery.

Pre-operative appointment:

2 weeks prior to your ear surgery you will meet Mr Mutimer or A/Prof Shayan again for a final consultation.

You will also meet with the Patient Advisor and Practice Nurse to finalise all administration, and discuss pre and post-operative care instructions. Payment for your procedure is also finalised.

Ear Plastic Surgery Cost

  • Initial Consultation – $185

  • Procedure – $5,600 – $7,900 (Surgeons fee, hospital fees , anaesthetist fees & up to 6 weeks after care appointments with practice nurse)

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Please note that otoplasty costs provided are indicative only – intended to give patients a realistic estimate of associated costs. Actual otoplasty cost may vary depending on individual patient circumstances. In some cases Medicare or health fund rebates may apply.

Prospective patients often wish to see photos of people who have previously had this surgery. We don’t share these images on the website as we respect our patients privacy, however they are available during a consultation.

Our Otoplasty Surgeons

Ear surgery is performed by Brighton Plastic Surgery’s specialist plastic surgeons Mr Keith Mutimer AM and A/Prof Ramin Shayan in Melbourne. Otoplasty is generally performed as a day surgery.

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