Everything you always wanted to ask your plastic surgeon before having ear surgery
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South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Burleigh Waters QLD 4220

Are your ears protruding? Are they misshapen or too large? Or don’t you like your ears because they are asymmetric? Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning surgery, is a procedure to correct prominent ears. 

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What is ear surgery?

When you have concerns about the shape of your ears, otoplasty may be a surgical procedure to consider.

The most common reasons for otoplasty are:

  • Structural, cartilaginous or aesthetic concerns about the shape of your ears.
  • Psychological distress about the shape or size of your ears.

During your consultation at my plastic surgery practice, we will discuss your concerns about size, shape and appearance. I will assess the relative degrees of alteration that would be appropriate. When you have had ear surgery before, we’ll discuss that too, as well as the risks and complications, medications, allergies, and expected recovery times after otoplasty.

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Dr Andrew Hadj

Plastic surgeon Brisbane & Gold Coast

The surgery is very straightforward and involves pinning the ear posteriorly to achieve a more natural shape. The scars are hidden behind the ear. 

If you have oversized or protruding ears, then otoplasty may be considered. This surgery is designed for patients with a realistic expectation for outcomes post-surgery and has a very high satisfaction rating. As children mature, the ears change shape and position. Children are usually suitable to have this surgery from the age of 5 but this can vary. 

The most common type of ear surgery is ‘pinning’ which anchors the bowl of the ear back to your head using a variety of techniques. Scoring and permanent suture placement usually allow the cartilage to settle into the new position permanently after 3 months. 

Reduction otoplasty is recommended for patients with oversized ears. We remove excess skin and cartilage to reduce the size of your ear or lobule (lobe).

Both ears are operated on at the same time. 

Where do you operate?

I consult from my private rooms at Mater Private Clinic and I operate as a plastic surgeon at many private hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland. I can see Gold Coast patients from my private rooms at John Flynn Medical Centre and I operate at

Otoplasty procedure explained by Brisbane plastic surgeon Andrew Hadj

Ear surgery: step by step

Step 1


Otoplasty is day surgery under local or general anaesthetic. 

Step 2


In general, incisions for otoplasty are made on the back surface of the ear. 

Step 3

Closing the incisions

When your ears are anchored in a natural narrowed position, we close the incisions. 

Step 4


Afterwards, a garment or head-compression is worn for 2 weeks to protect the position of the ears. Once the dressing is removed, you will almost see immediate results. 

Your scars are located at the back of your ears. 

About 60 to 90 minutes. 

The best preparation is to stay fit and healthy, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking. 

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Otoplasty recovery explained by Brisbane plastic surgeon Andrew Hadj

Recovery after ear surgery

Day 1-7

The surgery is not painful however you might feel some discomfort afterwards. Simple analgesia will be sufficient for the postoperative period. Antibiotics will be offered. Rest for the first week is essential and strict use of the head garment is critical. Sutures removed after 7 days.

Day 1-14

You will wear a garment or head compression for 2 weeks to protect the position of the ears. 

Working, bathing, exercising, driving and sleeping on ears?

Otoplasty surgery risks

Risks and complications

The following risks are associated with otoplasty:

  • Bleeding and infection are unlikely but can occur.
  • Bleeding will require surgery but is very uncommon. When this happens, it’s within the first 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery.

Only 1 suture is removed, the remaining sutures are dissolvable. 

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What does the procedure cost?

I charge a small out of pocket fee for otoplasty. 

There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS recognised Plastic Surgeon.

Unfortunately, as mentioned in an ABC Four Corners report, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons but the training differs significantly.


A plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. That’s an important indicator when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon for ear pinning surgery or otoplasty.

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Dr Andrew Hadj

Plastic surgeon Brisbane & Gold Coast

It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon you are seeing. 

There is a medical rebate for children under 18 years having otoplasty surgery.


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