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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. There is also an association that prominent ears make a person look unintelligent. This unfortunately often results in teasing and bullying especially in children. 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 of experience, he is a calm, caring and precise surgeon.

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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 don’t like the attention you get from the appearance of your ears, then Otoplasty is the procedure for you.

Otoplasty Pinnaplasty Ear Surgery Before and After Photos Dr Sackelariou Sydney and Melbourne

Otoplasty Before and After Photos

Otoplasty Surgery Patient Photos by Dr Richard Sackelariou Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon, one of Sydney’s top surgeons for ear reshaping surgery.

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.

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How much is a Ear Reshaping? Surgery Costs and fees

At your initial consultation, you will receive a quote detailing the cost of your procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, an Anaesthetist fee, a Surgical Assistant fee, hospital fees and more.

Dr Sackelariou’s team will provide you with a customised fee for your surgery depending on multiple factors, including the type of procedure as well as the hospital and the length of your stay.

We can give you an approximate fee range for your Ear Reshaping surgery over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.

Find out more about Ear Reshaping Payment Plans, Prices and Consultation Fees.

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Planning your First Consultation

At your pre-surgery consultation, Dr Sackelariou will discuss your goals and ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for the Ear Reshaping procedure. He will also enquire into any pre-existing medical conditions, current medications including herbal supplements and vitamins, and any allergies.

Following a comprehensive evaluation, Dr Sackelariou will then be able to advise you of your options and recommend what he feels is the best treatment course for your unique circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns about this procedure, Dr Sackelariou will be able to address these at your consultation. Don’t be shy!

Otoplasty FAQ’s

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Otoplasty?

  • This procedure focuses on prominent ear correction. In other words it places 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 on what is being corrected.
  • Your surgeon may use permanent or dissolving stitches, depending on your individual situation.

Do I have to stay in hospital?

Usually, this is 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.
  • 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.
  • Children can also return to school after a week. However, care needs to 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:


As with most surgeries, there is some risk of post-operative bleeding, however, this is an unusual risk that 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.


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.


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.


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 a general anaesthetic. If you have any questions regarding anaesthetic, the anaesthetist is the best person to ask.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

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

Dr Sackelariou 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.

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

What’s Next

Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou. Try the Free Nose Simulation Tool.


If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery then Dr Richard Sackelariou is the specialist plastic surgeon for you.

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