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also known as
Ear pinning

Common Description

Otoplasty is a procedure that reduces the prominence of, what are sometimes called "bat ears".

Medical Description

Otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of a person's external ears.


  • Prominent ears, sometimes known as "bat ears"

Our Recommendation

This surgery should NOT BE done in very early childhood, however waiting until full growth is complete is not necessary either. Usually it can be done from the age of 5.

Every patient is unique and every patient requires a unique plan to achieve their desired outcome.

The best way to acheve the outcome you desire is be completely open and honest in your consultation with Professor David about your expections.

You should always think very carefully about your options before proceeding to surgery. Undergoing surgery is YOUR CHOICE, make sure you are comfortable with the explanations you have received, that you understand what you have been told and that you have a full appreciation of what to expect post-operatively.

DDMS Process and Procedure

Professor David makes an incisiion behind the ear and reshapes the cartilage of the ear creating a "natural" ear shape.

Pre-Op Preparation

You will need to have clinical photographs taken before the surgery.

f you choose to proceed to surgery you should, as always, aim to lead a healthy life. Avoid excess alcohol consumption, do not smoke, make sure you disclose your full medical history and do not take anti-coagulants (blood thinners) like aspirin. If you require aspirin for other medical conditions you should discuss this with Professor David .

Post-Op Recovery

There will be stitches behind the ear. These are dissolvable and do not require removal. A turban style head dressing MUST be worn for 7 days. After this it is worn at night only, for a further 7 days. Mild pain relief is effective for discomfort.


Q:  What is the earliest age Professor David will perform otoplasty?
A:   5 years old.

Q:  Is the result permanent?
A:   As long as the post-op dressings are worn correctly and healing occurs undisturbed.

Q:  Can I stay in hospital with my child?
A:   Yes, an overnight stay is required.

Q:  Are there any scars?
A:   Incisions are made behind the ear and therefore the scars are not obvious. They are sometimes heavy but resolve with time.

Advice for Carer's

Any surgery can be uncomfortable and we encourage carers to be supportive of patients in the post-operative period, especially as the dressing can be itchy, hot, uncomfortable and embarressing, BUT IT MUST BE WORN!


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David David Medical Services
226 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
South Australia, 5006
T (61) 8 8267 1466
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