Ear Reshaping | Dr Richard Sackelariou | Melbourne | Plastic Surgery

Ear Reshaping Surgery

Double Bay, Sydney & Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Sydney 1300 661 362    Melbourne 1300 264 811

Ear Reshaping in Melbourne or Sydney

Ear Reshaping or “Otoplasty” corrects prominent ears. People often find prominent ears disconcerting to the point they’ll style their hair to hide their ears. Further, there is the association that ears that stand out make a person look unintelligent. As a result children are often teased at school. Adults are also concerned about their looks and possible effects on their relationships.

However, there is good news: Otoplasty can successfully correct prominent ears.

Dr Richard Sackelariou is a leading plastic surgeon for Otoplasty surgery in Melbourne and Sydney helping patients seeking less prominent ears. With over 20 years experience, he is a calm, caring and precise surgeon.

Who can Benefit from Ear Reshaping?

Plastic surgeons perform ear reshaping on children to pin back prominent ears. However, surgeons also perform the procedure on adults who have endured years of taunting and bullying. If you are tired of the unwanted attention you get from the appearance of your ears, then Octoplasty is the procedure for you.

What to Expect from Ear Reshaping Surgery

Ear Reshaping, or pinning, involves a small incision behind the ear. The surgeon reshapes and manipulates the cartilage of the ear before stitching it into place. This flattens and improves the appearance of the ear. Your surgeon may remove some cartilage to get the perfect outcome. Scarring depends on each patient, but in the case of ear reshaping, the natural crease of the ear hides the scars. Post-surgical scarring reduces over the weeks as it heals and is typically nearly invisible to patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Otoplasty?

This procedure is performed to correct prominent ears and place them closer to your head. Other problems which can be corrected are large or “lop” ears. An Otoplasty is usually performed through an incision behind the ear, although other incisions may be used depending what we are correcting. We may use permanent or dissolving stitches again depending on your individual situation.

Do I have to stay in hospital?

Usually this is performed as a day stay procedure under general anaesthetic and takes about an hour and a half.

What happens after surgery?

For about a week after your surgery you will need to wear a fairly bulky bandage. Your stitches will be removed one week after treatment, and for the first few days post-surgery your ears may throb and ache.

You may notice some oozing following surgery and while this may be visible on the outside of the bandage it’s only a problem if it is persistent.

We recommend you avoid any activity which may bend the ears (like wearing glasses) for about a month. Adults should be able to return to work after a week, and children can also return to school after a week: although care should be taken to avoid trauma to the ears.

Are there any risks?

Every surgical procedure comes with a small risk of complication. And while the potential for risk is small there are some problems you should be aware of prior to treatment:

  • Bleeding

As with most surgeries there is some risk of post-operative bleeding, however this is an unusual risk which might require you to return to the operating theatre. Additionally, early trauma to the ear after bandages may cause bleeding and a small number of patients may develop a blood clot on their ear. If this does not resolve naturally (which happens in the majority of cases) it can be drawn out with a needle.

  • Scarring

All surgical operations leave a scar. After Otoplasty the scar is usually unnoticeable, but if you have scarred poorly from previous surgery this may indicate that you form poor scars. Immature scars are often red and lumpy which is a reflection of the normal healing process. Maturation of a scar takes between 12 to 24 months depending on your age and skin type and during this time the scar will gradually settle. This process can be helped along by massaging the wound with a moisturising cream.

  • Infection

Rarely, patients develop an infection in the cartilage and this can cause scar tissue to form. Infection such as these can be treated with antibiotics. Rarely, surgery might be needed to drain the infected area.

  • Swelling and bruising

When your bandages are first removed it is usual for there to be some swelling and bruising. In the initial you’ll also experience some numbness and abnormality which will normalise over the next few months.

  • Anaesthetic

For this procedure you will have a general anaesthetic. Prior to having the anaesthetic your anaesthetist will explain what you can expect when you wake up after general anaesthetic. If you have any questions regarding anaesthetic, the anaesthetist is the best person to ask.

Before and Afters

General information about Otoplasty

Five things to keep in mind about your surgery:

  1. The healing process continues for some time as your skin shrinks and adjusts.
  2. There’s no guarantee with surgery; the aim of surgery is improvement not perfection.
  3. Don’t expect both ears to be symmetrical—perfect symmetry is both unnatural and unlikely in ears.
  4. Irrespective of how skilled the surgeon, sometimes a secondary operation may be required.
  5. For three weeks before and after treatment don’t smoke or take aspirin to assist the healing process.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon Facial Surgery expert

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

He is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures,

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patient’s love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

Next Steps – Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou

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If you are considering reconstructive plastic or cosmetic surgery then Dr Richard is the specialist plastic surgeon for you. Dr Sackelariou can assist you in achieving your desired image, helping restore you to a more youthful or confident self.


  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a cosmetic consultation without a GP Referral although no Medicare rebates are claimable without one.
  • You can schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $300 consult fee in advance.
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If you would like to know more about how Dr Richard can help you, please contact us today.

Phone Melbourne 1300 264 811 or Sydney 1300 661 362  to enquire or request a consultation.

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