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Ear surgery or otoplasty aims to address aesthetic concerns of the ears


Ear surgery or otoplasty aims to address aesthetic concerns of the ears

Dr Hunt Discusses the Right Age For Otoplasty

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Children’s Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Unlike most other plastic surgeries, the earlier children’s ears are addressed the better, in regards to achieving the desired result and allowing for the most effective recovery.

Dr Hunt is not only Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training and a Consultant Surgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital. He understands the unique circumstances of surgery for children.

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Why Patients & Parents Might Consider Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Ear surgery or otoplasty is the procedure performed at the level of the ears to make them smaller or bring them closer to the head. There are many reasons why an otoplasty surgery might be considered, including:

  • To create proportionate ears
  • Alter the appearance of the ear in line with the patients expectations
  • No significant scars left behind

Recovery after Ear Surgery

The recovery period after ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery is generally quite short. You can expect a certain level of discomfort to occur during the 24 hours or first few days post-op. Take the analgesic medication to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first week or two after ear surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after ear surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms and saunas
  • Have a healthy and balanced diet
  • Keep the incisions site clean and dry at all times
  • Keep your body hydrated

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Ear Surgery Costs Sydney - How much does an otoplasty cost in Sydney NSW?

The cost of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the results you want and the time required in theatre.

With every patient’s needs being slightly different, it’s difficult to determine a standard otoplasty cost without scheduling a one on one consultation with Dr Hunt. Not all patients require a significant amount of ear cartilage removed, ears pinned back or adjustment, while others do. Whether or not you need a general or local anaesthetic will alter the final otoplasty cost.

Adults generally only need a local anaesthetic, while children are more comfortable with a general anaesthetic. If you will be repairing the earlobes at the same time, which is quite common, the ear surgery (otoplasty) cost will be slightly higher.

Your total otoplasty cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

Under certain conditions, some patients may be eligible for a Medicare rebate, which will cover some of the costs of this procedure. Dr Hunt can tell you more about whether this is possible during your consultation once your requirements have been determined.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage for Otoplasty, an Ear Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for ear surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Speak With Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt prides himself on providing the most appropriate techniques and practices for all patients, which begins from the first consultation.

During your facial consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your ears and facial features, discuss risks and any concerns and provide you with an accurate cost for your ear surgery procedure.

Next Step – Fill in the Enquiry form or call Dr Hunt’s Team on 1300 157 200.

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Otoplasty FAQs

Should I have ear surgery otoplasty?


The decision to undergo any sort of surgical procedure is a big one. Understanding the risks of surgery and having realistic exceptions of the outcome is very important.

Patients who have concerns over the appearance of their ear in relation to their position on their head may want to consider otoplasty surgery.

What's involved with ear surgery (otoplasty)?


Dr Hunt will explain his proposed approach to your ear surgery in detail during your personal consultation. However all ear surgery (otoplasty) is performed under a general anesthetic administered by one of Dr Hunt’s preferred anaesthetists in the hospital of your choice.

In most cases, Dr Hunt will make an incision at the back of your ear, and either remove some cartilage or fold it back onto itself before suturing it together.

Dissolving sutures are used, so you don’t need to have them removed, and any scarring is usually very faint and hidden in the creases behind the ear.

The whole procedure will take around one hour.

When can I go home?


Most ear surgery patients go home the day of their surgery. You’ll be given a prescription for medication to minimise any discomfort.

When you get home, you should rest in bed for the remainder of the day.

Will I have to return for post-operative care?


You’ll see Dr Hunt four to five days after your surgery, at which time your dressing will be removed.

How long will I be off work?


Recovery is usually fast and you should only expect to need a week off work.

When can I resume my normal activities?


Full recovery generally takes around six weeks, although you can resume your normal activities around two weeks after surgery. During this time, your ears will be swollen and bruised.

When will I see the end result?


Complete healing may take up to a year, although you’ll have a very good sense of your results by the six week mark.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her a unique skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.