Prominent Ear (Otoplasty)

This procedure is also known as otoplasty.

The aim of ear surgery is to change the angle and shape of protruding or uneven ears in children and adults. Ear surgery reshapes part of the cartilage in the ears, allowing them to lie closer to the side of the head. For the most part, the operation is done on children between the ages of four and fourteen. This is because a child’s ear cartilage is soft and easy to mould. In teenagers and adults, the firmer cartilage of fully formed ears does not allow the same degree of moulding. However, ear surgery can still be effective in teenagers and adults. Generally speaking, ear surgery involves the fold of skin behind the ear being cut to expose the underlying cartilage and the excess cartilage is removed. The cartilage may then be able to be reshaped.

You may be a good candidate for ear surgery if :

  • You have protruding ears or
    • lop ear – when the tip seems to fold down and forward
    • cupped ear – a very small ear
    • shell ear – when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing.

Ear surgery is performed at Lingard Private Hospital or Warners Bay Private Hospital. You will be in hospital for between 4-6 hours and will be discharged the same day. Dr Miteff also operates at John Hunter Children’s Hospital through the public system.

The Medicare item number is 45659 – currently Medicare and your health fund will only contribute to this surgery if you are under 18 years of age. If you are over 18 the procedure is considered cosmetic and no rebates apply. We encourage our patients to check with their health fund that they are covered for surgery prior to their consultation/surgery