Auckland Plastic Surgical Centre - Tristan de Chalain
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
The appearance of ears that are mis-shaped or protruding (‘bat ears’) can be improved surgically. This type of operation is often carried out in children.
Cuts (incisions) are made behind the ears through which the cartilage in the ear can be reshaped or removed. The surgery lasts about 2 hours and can be performed under local anaesthetic for teenagers and adults (the area treated is numb but you are awake), allowing you to go home the same day. For children, the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic (they sleep through it). Usually the children are treated as day cases. A head bandage is worn for about 1 week. A return to normal daily routines is usually possible after that. Contact body sports should be avoided for 3 months. Several techniques of setting back prominent ears are available. We use the one most suitable to a persons particular needs. Extra procedures such as reducing the size of excessively large ears can be done at the same time.