Otoplasty Before and After
Ears that stick out or appear to be too large for the head are an aesthetic concern for many individuals. Otoplasty is designed to improve the shape, position and proportion of the ear, as well as correct defects of the ear structure. This can create a more natural shape, whilst restoring balance and proportion to the ears and face. If the appearance of protruding or disfigured ears are bothering you or your child, take the time to look at our otoplasty before and after photos to see if Dr Norris’ work appeals to you.
The otoplasty procedure
Otoplasty usually takes around an hour to complete and can be performed under either local or general anaesthesia. Dr Norris will make an incision just behind the ear, in order to remove excess skin and cartilage. In some cases, Dr Norris will not need to remove any skin or cartilage, and will simply pin the ears to the skin with small sutures.
Potential candidates for otoplasty
At Form and Face clinic in Sydney, the first step to determine whether you are a candidate for otoplasty is to have a consultation with Dr Norris. Unlike other cosmetic procedures, otoplasty can be performed on children as young as four years old, since the ears are amongst the first parts of the body to develop to their adult size. You are a potential candidate for ear surgery if:
- You have overly large ears
- Your ears protrude on one or both sides
- You are unhappy with the shape of your ears
- You have experienced teasing or bullying as a result of the appearance of your ears
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations
What to expect after otoplasty
After your surgery, Dr Norris will cover your ears with a bandage. He may also advise that you wear a headband to protect the new shape of your ears. To avoid putting pressure on your ears, you will also need to sleep on your back for at least a week following the procedure.
You will need to take some time off work or school to rest following your otoplasty, however most patients will be able to return to all normal activities, with the exception of strenuous exercise, within a week.