Bat Ear Correction (Otoplasty)

What is Bat Ear Correction (Ear Pinning) Surgery (Otoplasty)?

Bat Ear correction (Ear Pinning) surgery, or otoplasty, is usually performed to correct prominent or protruding ears closer to a more normal position which improves the overall balance of facial appearance and makes the ears appear smaller. The ears looks natural without obvious signs of surgery and the short scars are hidden behind the ear.

If you are considering surgery to correct your ear position, you may remember being teased about them as a child. You may be self-conscious and style your hair in such a way that your ears are always covered.

Otoplasty surgery takes around two to three hours, depending on the complexity and is performed under local anaesthetic with or without sedation.

How is it done?

Generally speaking, otoplasty involves several steps including:

  • Incisions are made behind the ear (where they are easily hidden in the natural crease) to expose the underlying cartilage.
  • Then the excess cartilage is removed, allowing the remaining cartilage to bend into a more natural shape. Non-dissolving stitches hold the ear cartilage in its new position.
  • Incisions (cuts) are closed with stitches.

What happens after the Surgery?

After ear surgery a soft padded bandage will be placed around your head to protect your ears and to hold them in place. This is usually removed a week after the procedure and it is advisable to wear a stretchy headband or stocking cap for a week after surgery, particularly at night. Generally, it is not a painful operation but the ear does feel numb from the surgery for some time. Most people would be able to return to work within one week. Pain and discomfort are to be expected for the first few days after surgery. Paracetamol is usually sufficient to relieve pain.Some bruising and swelling is expected but it tends to go away reasonably quickly in the first week or two. Ear surgery can offer a real emotional boost in addition to its cosmetic benefits. It is almost impossible to get perfectly identical ears on both sides and like most facial cosmetic surgery; the aim is improvement and not perfection.

How much does it cost?

Ear Correction Surgery costs $6000 for both ears.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.