Otoplasty is a cosmetic ear surgery procedure that can change the shape, position, or size of the ears. Recovery times and discomfort can vary among individuals. The procedure can improve a person’s appearance and alleviate self-esteem issues associated with protruding or asymmetrical ears.

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Otoplasty cosmetic ear surgery

Otoplasty at Me Clinic can be a cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery performed on the visible portion of the outer ear, called the auricle. The auricle starts to develop before birth and development continues after birth. If your auricle doesn’t develop properly, an otoplasty procedure can correct the size, positioning, or shape of your ears. Otoplasty techniques include:

  • Ear pinning to align prominent ears closer to the head.
  • Ear reduction to reduce the size of the ears.

Are your ears affecting your self-esteem? Otoplasty or ear reshaping at Me Clinic may be the answer you are looking for.


This patient sought to augment the shape of their ears.


Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) was performed successfully.

Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne

Everything you need to know about Otoplasty surgery

Otoplasty, like all surgeries, carries potential risks, but is commonly performed with successful outcomes. You may consider otoplasty if you have concerns about the shape, position, or size of your ears. It’s important to discuss these concerns with a qualified professional to determine if surgery is the right option for you:

  • Ears that protrude (stick out) from the side of the head
  • Large ears
  • Ears that are misshapen due to injury, trauma, or structural issues

Good candidates for otoplasty include people who are:

  • Are in good overall health without underlying conditions that might cause complications
  • Are a nonsmoker with healthy healing processes


This patient sought to alter the shape and angle of their ears.


An Otoplasty was performed successfully.

Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne

Preparing for Otoplasty surgery

The first step is to have an initial consultation with a Me Clinic Plastic Surgeon. You should inform the surgeon of your medical history or any ongoing medical conditions you are experiencing. The surgeon will inspect your ears for asymmetry and outline the type of surgery recommended along with procedural steps and expected outcomes. The costs involved with otoplasty surgery will also be outlined.

It’s important to discuss with your healthcare provider about any medications or supplements you’re taking, as some may need to be avoided prior to surgery. You should also be prepared to give up smoking as it can hinder the healing process. Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you during the first night of recovery.

During otoplasty surgery

The type of anesthesia used and whether the procedure is performed as an outpatient or requires a hospital stay can vary based on the specific surgical technique and individual circumstances. Otoplasty can also be performed alongside ear lobe surgery and plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift or neck lift under general anaesthesia sedation. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves making incisions in the ears. The specific techniques used can vary based on the individual’s needs and the type of correction required.

You may have skin or excess cartilage removed before your ears are folded into position and secured with stitches (sutures) on the back of the ear or within your ear creases. Ear pinning procedures, for example, take about two hours to complete.

What to expect post-surgery

After otoplasty, your ears will be bandaged for support and protection. The recovery process can vary among individuals and may include some discomfort and downtime. Your surgeon can prescribe pain relief medication to address any discomfort experienced. You will need to avoid rubbing the incision area and you should sleep on your back during recovery to avoid unwanted pressure on your ears.

After the bandages are removed, it’s normal for the ears to appear swollen and red. The duration of these symptoms can vary among individuals. Your healthcare provider may recommend wearing a loose headband while sleeping for a few weeks to protect your ears. It’s important to follow the specific post-operative care instructions provided by your healthcare provider. Recovery times can vary among individuals. Some people may be able to resume regular bathing and physical activities within a couple of weeks, while others may require more time.

Costs involved with otoplasty surgery

The cost of otoplasty can vary based on a number of factors, including the specific procedure performed, the duration of the procedure, and the fees for the surgeon and anaesthetist. It’s important to discuss these costs with your healthcare provider to get a personalized estimate. Everything will be outlined during the consultation phase at Me Clinic to put you in the picture. Typical otoplasty costs include:

  • Consultation fee
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anaesthetic fee for local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic
  • Type of surgery
  • Additional follow-up treatment sessions (if required)
  • Bandaging
  • Medication (painkillers, ointments)
  • Other post-procedure care

At Me Clinic, the starting cost of Otoplasty surgery is $8,500.

Book a consult today

Me Clinic is a trusted Australian cosmetic surgery clinic with over 35 years of industry experience. We work with highly qualified Plastic Surgeons, nurses and specialist anaesthetists to ensure you get the best possible treatment and care every step of the way. Book a Me Clinic online consult for information, inspiration, and costs related to our transformative cosmetic ear surgery procedures.

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Otoplasty is a surgical procedure and, like all surgeries, it involves some degree of invasiveness and potential discomfort. The specific experiences can vary among individuals. You will be administered a local anaesthetic prior to surgery so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure, and we will advise you on how to remain comfortable and pain-free during recovery.

Otoplasty ear pinning, for example, can be completed in as little as two hours, making it a relatively inexpensive procedure. You can also save money by having otoplasty alongside other facial surgery or rejuvenation procedures. All costs will be clearly outlined during your Me Clinic no-obligation consultation.


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