IS OTOPLASTY THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?
Patients who are healthy and have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve are suitable for Otoplasty Surgery. Surgery before the age of 5 is usually not recommended. Otoplasty is an elective procedure, meaning that it is a matter of choice and not necessarily for good health. In the case of a child, the child’s feelings should be considered thoroughly and they should not be forced to have the procedure. If a child opposes the surgery, it is better to delay the procedure until they are ready for it.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT OVER THE LONG TERM AFTER OTOPLASTY SURGERY?
The results of otoplasty surgery are permanent, provided the ears are not injured again after surgery.
CAN MY EARLOBES BE REPAIRED AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, it’s very common for patients to pair an otoplasty procedure with earlobe repair. Age, heavy earrings and injury can cause the earlobes to stretch or even tear. To repair the earlobes, any excess skin is removed and any torn areas are stitched back together. There may be some slight scarring on the earlobes but it’s barely noticeable. The scars will fade over time too.
IS OTOPLASTY AND PINNAPLASTY DIFFERENT?
If you’ve come across the term ‘pinnaplasty’, you may be wondering how it’s different to otoplasty. The answer is that it’s not. Pinna simply refers to the part of the ear that projects past the head. Plasty refers to the art of moulding and reshaping.
IF I HAD OTOPLASTY AS A CHILD AND MY EARS ARE STILL PROMINENT, CAN I HAVE A SECOND SURGERY?
If for any reason you are still not happy with the appearance of your ears, it is possible to undergo a second otoplasty procedure. Before you do, it’s best to speak to Dr Safvat about your expectations. All too often, it’s the expectations about what can be achieved that leaves patients’ unsatisfied with their results. Secondary procedures are also common among those who injured their ears again later in life. As long as you are physically healthy and know what can be achieved, there’s no reason why you can’t undergo a second procedure.
Where does Dr Safvat perform this procedure?
Dr Safvat does the Otoplasty procedure in the Sydney region (Sutherland Shire and Inner West) as well as in the Southern Highlands, NSW. He only operates in fully accredited Private Hospitals, these being Kareena Private Hospital (Caringbah), Strathfield Private Hospital, Southern Highlands Private Hospital (Bowral) and Ramsay Surgical Centre Miranda.
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Dr Safvat is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Every patient is unique and results may vary. Any surgical procedure carries risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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DR ANDRE SAFVAT (MED1155201)
Registered Medical Practitioner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic surgery).