Otoplasty is a procedure used to alter the shape, position and size of ears. This ear correction surgery is commonly used to pin back ears.

Otoplasty also referred to as ear surgery, is a procedure used to alter the shape, position and size of your ears. This ear correction surgery is commonly used to reposition protruding ears as pinning ears back creates a more balanced proportion of your ears and facial features.

Before ear pinning surgery, you may feel uncomfortable wearing your hair tied back due to self-consciousness about your ears. You may even favour hairstyles that cover your ears rather than shorter styles. Furthermore, wearing a hat or helmet can be very difficult for those with prominent ears or large ears that need ear reduction.

Luckily, the goal of ear correction surgery is to bring a sense of harmony and balance to the overall facial profile. Allowing patients with pinned ears back to more easily wear hats and feel come comfortable changing their hairstyle. Ear plastic surgery can also correct asymmetry between your ears.

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What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty or ear surgery is most often done to correct protruding ears and bring them to a more natural position. Pinnaplasty is the most common ear pinning back surgery which is for those whose ears stick out. This type of otoplasty repositions your ears to bring them closer towards your head.

Otoplasty Benefits

  • Can create a more balanced facial profile by making your ears look more proportionate with your face.
  • It's performed as an outpatient procedure which means you can go home on the day of surgery.
  • You will be left with minimal visible scarring as incisions are made behind the ear.
  • Results are permanent and last a lifetime!


With the intensity of the sun Otoplasty Brisbane and Otoplasty Gold Coast is very common as wearing hats is a must for sun protection. Unfortunately, those with prominent ears may struggle to find hats that fit them comfortably. Luckily, an ear pinning surgery procedure can address this issue by correcting the position of their ears and allowing patients to wear regular-sized hats without any discomfort!

Improved Appearance

Your ears are an important feature of your face so having mismatched or protruding ears can have a huge impact. Improved physical proportion and symmetry of the ears can improve your self-confidence. You may feel more comfortable showing off your ears, wearing shorter hairstyles and being able to wear your hair up with confidence.

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Good Candidate

Individuals with ear deformities are good candidates for an ear operation, including those who want their ear pinned back. This is common in children and teenagers, and children must be over the age of 5 before they have their ears corrected.

A good candidate is someone who is well-informed before going ahead with the surgery and has realistic expectations for the procedure results.

As with every surgery, healthy individuals will heal more quickly and are at less risk for complications. As smoking can increase the risk of complications, patients are required to be non-smokers.

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Otoplasty Before and After Images

Ear Pinning Surgery Procedure

Pre-operative Instructions

Before your surgery, it’s important to plan ahead and arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital, as driving will not be possible due to the effects of the anaesthesia. Additionally, make sure to have someone available to provide care for you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

Otoplasty Procedure Steps

First, you will undergo general anaesthetic for your procedure so you won’t feel a thing. Generally, the entire procedure takes roughly two hours to complete.

Then depending on the type of otoplasty needed, different techniques may be used and will determine where incisions are made. Dr Doyle will make incisions on the backs of your ear, where the ear meets the head.

To correct ears that need to be pinned back then the excess cartilage and skin will be removed. Afterwards, the cartilage is rearranged into a more aesthetically pleasing pin ears position and secured with stitches.

Otoplasty Medicare Rebate

If you are under 18, Medicare may cover part of the expenses related to correcting a deformed ear if it is characterized by an absence of anti-helical fold, scapha or concha. However, for this type of coverage to apply, certain criteria must be met.

To find out if otoplasty could potentially be covered through your health insurance plan, please check here.

Recovery and Aftercare

It’s important to be aware that your Otoplasty results will vary depending on individual factors such as age, health and other specifics. Generally speaking, a full otoplasty recovery can take up to 6 weeks.

During this period you should wear a compression garment over your ears to reduce swelling and bruising; plus any medication prescribed by your doctor should help in relieving discomfort post-surgery.

Risks and Complications of Otoplasty

As with every surgery, there are possible risks and complications, rest assured these can be minimised. Dr Doyle will be happy to cover every possible risk during your initial consultation. Below are a few of the possible risks.

  • Scars may be concealed behind or within your ear folds, and their visibility will diminish over time.
  • Asymmetry can occur due to changes during the healing process.
  • Overcorrection is a risk that can make ears appear too pinned back. Choosing a specialised and experienced surgeon is crucial to reducing the risk of overcorrection.

Minimise Risks

To ensure that your post-operative recovery is as safe and efficient as possible, it’s important to take proactive steps towards taking good care of yourself before, during, and after surgery. If you are in excessive pain or are worried your incisions may be infected, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.

Here are some additional practices we highly recommend following in order to reduce any potential risks.

  • Keep your incision site clean and dry
  • Wear your compression headband as recommended
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Follow an exercise routine but avoid strenuous activities until your surgeon has cleared you to do so
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid sun exposure to decrease your chances of darkening scars
  • Attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon and follow their advice

Book a Consultation

If you are considering otoplasty, you can book a consultation using the form below. Dr Doyle will thoroughly go over everything you need to know and what to expect when it comes to otoplasty.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience. He specialises in face lift surgery in Gold Coast and Brisbane, and also offers a range of body and breast procedures.

Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Doctor and surgeon. He has completed all required training to be a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and is driven by an committed to providing excellent standards of care.


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*DISCLAIMER: All information on Dr Mark Doyle website is general and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results can vary significantly and depend on individual patient circumstances. All images on this website, unless specified as real patient images, are stock images used for illustrative purposes only. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your surgeon. Book a consult for details regarding your cosmetic surgery procedure.

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