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Otoplasty (Prominent Ears) / Ear Surgery

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli Member Of Australian Society Of Plastic Surgeons, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, UNSW Australia, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Otoplasty (Prominent Ears) Surgery in Sydney by Dr Tavakoli

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. 

Well respected plastic surgeon, Dr Tavakoli, has performed many operations in his practice in Sydney otoplasty being one.

Generally there are 2 main Otoplasty techniques:

  1. Both methods entail putting the scar behind the ear in the groove next to the scalp.
  2. Traditional Chongchet method with radical reshaping of the cartilage through an open ear surgery technique
  3. The more refined Mustarde technique where the reshaping is done less aggressively but instead permanent sutures are used to hold the ear shape in place. This is Dr Tavakoli’s preferred method because of its lower rate of complications during post-op otoplasty recovery.
  4. Conchal fossa (bowl)ear reduction surgery needs to be performed almost invariably with either technique depending on the degree of deformity. This is also done through the posterior incision. In some cases the cartilage reduction can lead to excess skin formation inside the front part of the ear. If this is noticeable, Dr Tavakoli’s preference is to trim the anterior skin excess leaving a tiny scar.Postoperatively, bruising and swelling is very common with this approach to ear reduction surgery. Antibiotics will be given in order to prevent infections during otoplasty recovery.

Ear Reduction Surgery by Dr Tavakoli Ear Reduction Ostoplasty Surgery Surgical Diagrams by Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Activities allowed during otoplasty recovery period:

  1. Driving within days
  2. Walking can commence within days
  3. Light jogging within 2 weeks
  4. Gym and Pilates after 4 weeks and upper body weights 6 weeks.

Surgical risks may include: infection, bleeding, asymmetry and scarring. Relapse of ear shape occasionally can be problematic requiring secondary procedure.