Otoplasty (prominent ears, bat ears)
What is it?Otoplasty is making ears less prominent by bringing them
back to a more natural position. The main effect is to give
the face a more balanced look because attention is no longer
focused on the ears.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs otoplasty regularly and keeps up to date with the
latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon, Mr Callan
performs this procedure to the highest standard available.
Can I see photographs?You can see photographs of adults and children who have had
this procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of people who have had the type of otoplasty you
may be suitable for.
Who has otoplasty?Children aged five and over who want less prominent ears .
However, this surgery is also performed on older children and
Am I or my child suitable?You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting otoplasty and happy with your informed decision. For
children, it is difficult to know whether or not such surgery
performed before school begins is beneficial psychologically.
The surgery, however, does give them a more harmonious
appearance with attention no longer drawn to the ears. For
adults, a time of personal crisis is no time to be making
decisions about such surgery.
What would make me or my child unsuitable for surgery?Smoking, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. The surgery is done
via an incision behind the ears from where the ear is moved
back, and occasionally reshaped, to give a more harmonious
Will I have scars?The only incision line is the one behind the ear which is
difficult to see, even from behind. Very rarely a thicker scar
may form which requires treatment.
What are the benefits?What you or your child gets out of surgery is entirely a
personal matter. If the appearance of your ears is distressing
you or your child’s ears is distressing them, otoplasty may be
What are the risks?All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself
a stress free time during which to recover. The particular
risks and complications of this surgery will be discussed at
your first consultation. The most common of these is sligh t
asymmetry which is usually minor and requires no correction.
There are other risks common to all surgery and you will be
made aware of these.
How long will I be in hospital for?Ear surgery is usually done as a day procedure. Someone will
need to take you home from hospital and should stay with you
the first night. Otoplasty is not a particularly painful procedure
for children but adults can be a little uncomfortable for a
couple of days as their ears are not as soft as a child’s.
How long will I need to recover?This ranges from a few days to a week depending on what
you do. It’s a good idea to take some time out from more
strenuous activities so you don’t prolong your recovery. The
same guidelines apply to exercise, with mild to moderate
exercise allowable early on and full aerobic activities after
two weeks. You can shower the day after surgery when the
dressings come off. You must not drive until you are fully
recovered from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of
surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Will I wear a head dressing after surgery?The bandage comes off the day after surgery. After that no
dressings or bandages are required during the day but a soft
headband should be worn at night for two weeks. We will
supply you with one if you don’t already have one.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about two weeks after
surgery, then at three months. You are of course welcome to
call or visit any time with any concerns.