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Otoplasty Perth

Prominent Ear Surgery

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Otoplasty, also commonly referred to as ‘ear pinning surgery’, ‘prominent ear surgery’, ‘ear correction surgery’ or ‘cosmetic ear surgery’, is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape, position, or size of the ears. This procedure is often sought after by individuals in Perth and beyond who are looking to correct what they perceive as overly prominent or protruding ears.


Prominent ears can often be the cause of teasing and bullying at school, which can in turn lead to a decrease in self-confidence and underperformance. Getting this cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce the appearance of prominent ears (or ‘bat ears’) can be beneficial and lead to an increase in self-esteem.


Prominent ears have several components that are addressed during surgery. Usually, there is a prominent upper 1/3 to 2/3 of the ear, separated from the head. This area can be set back closer to the head using a unique suture technique. Other features can include a deep conchal bowl, lack of antihelix and an underdeveloped or absent ear lobe.


In Perth, otoplasty is performed by a specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Qadir Khan, ensuring the highest standards of care and results that align with patients’ expectations. Choosing to undergo otoplasty is a personal decision, and it’s essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can provide detailed information about the procedure, recovery, and expected outcomes. Dr Khan and our team of experts are dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, from the initial consultation to post-operative care, ensuring a comfortable and satisfying experience.

s7 Otoplasty 3 Your first step to having a Prominent Ear Surgery is to schedule an appointment with Dr Khan at West Coast Plastic Surgery. Get your GP to send us a referral so we can apply for a Medicare rebate for your consultation and ear surgery (special conditions apply from Medicare). You can also contact us by phone at 0862303041 or by fax at 0862303042 for ear plastic surgery. Alternatively, you can send an email to admin@westcoastplasticsuregry.com.au. A team member will contact you to book your appointment and answer any questions you may have about bat ear correction or ear reshaping.
s7 Otoplasty 3 Medication can be used to control swelling, numbness, and discomfort during the healing process. Dr Khan will provide more detailed post-operative instructions. The initial healing process may take between five and ten days. The results of surgery are instant, but the bandages may obscure them. We will remove the dressings from surgery in a week at our clinic. For six weeks, you will need to wear a headband over your ears. During this time, you will be able to take a shower with the headband on. Swelling may take several months to resolve, while your incision lines may take up to a year to fade completely.
s7 Otoplasty 7 After your first consultation with Dr Khan, he will be able to assess your needs and requirements. A bespoke treatment plan that best suits your needs will be provided to you. Following your consultation, the cost of your personalized procedure will be provided to you.

Types of Otoplasty Correction

At West Coast Plastic Surgery, we understand that each case of prominent ears is unique, and so are the solutions we offer. Our expertise in otoplasty correction in Perth encompasses various types, each designed to address specific concerns and achieve the desired aesthetic results. Here’s an overview of the types of otoplasty correction procedures we specialise in:


  • Ear Pinning: Ear pinning is the most common type of otoplasty. This procedure is ideal for individuals whose ears protrude more than desired. By carefully reshaping and repositioning the cartilage, our surgeons can bring the ears closer to the head, ensuring a more typical appearance.
  • Ear Reduction: Ear reduction is suited for those who feel their ears are too large in proportion to their other facial features. This involves removing parts of the cartilage to reduce the size of the ears, creating a more balanced look.
  • Ear Shaping: In cases where the ears have an unusual shape, perhaps due to genetics or injury, ear shaping is an effective solution. Dr Khan at West Coast Plastic Surgery meticulously reshapes the ear’s structure to achieve a more conventional and aesthetically pleasing form.
  • Combined Techniques: Often, a combination of techniques is necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Dr Khan is proficient in tailoring a multi-faceted approach, ensuring that each aspect of the ear’s appearance is harmoniously addressed.


Our commitment at West Coast Plastic Surgery goes beyond mere procedural expertise. We focus on understanding your individual needs and aesthetic goals. During your consultation at our Perth facility, our surgeon will discuss these types and their suitability for your specific situation. We ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable with the planned approach.

Why Get Otoplasty Surgery?

At West Coast Plastic Surgery, we believe in empowering our patients by enhancing their natural beauty and boosting their self-confidence. Otoplasty surgery, or ear pinning, offers numerous benefits, and here’s why many choose this transformative procedure:

Choosing to undergo otoplasty is a deeply personal decision. At West Coast Plastic Surgery, we prioritise patient education and personalised care. Our consultations in Perth provide detailed information about the procedure, allowing you to make an informed decision that aligns with your goals and lifestyle.

A Breakdown of the Otoplasty Procedure

At West Coast Plastic Surgery, we understand that the decision to undergo an otoplasty (or ear pinning procedure) comes with questions about the procedure itself. Our goal is to provide a clear, comprehensive breakdown of the otoplasty process, demonstrating our commitment to transparency and patient education in Perth. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Initial Consultation
    Your journey begins with an initial consultation at our Perth clinic. During this meeting, we discuss your aesthetic goals, evaluate your ear structure, and determine the best approach for your unique case. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions and express any concerns.

  2. Pre-Operative Preparations
    Once you decide to proceed, we provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. This may include guidelines on medication, eating and drinking, and what to expect on the day of the procedure.


  3. The Surgery
    Otoplasty is typically performed under local anaesthesia, possibly with sedation, and takes about two to three hours. For certain indications, it can also be performed under a general anaesthetic. The specific techniques used will depend on your individual needs. Generally, incisions are made behind the ears to minimise visible scarring. Through these incisions, our expert surgeon reshapes the cartilage, pinning the ears closer to the head or adjusting their size and shape.

  4. Recovery Process
    Post-surgery, you’ll spend a short time in our recovery area before going home. We provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Most patients experience minimal discomfort, which can be managed with medication. You’ll also wear a headband to protect your ears during the initial healing phase.

  5. Follow-Up Care
    Our care doesn’t end when the surgery is over. We schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing process and are always available to answer any questions that arise during your recovery.


  6. Final Results
    While you’ll notice an immediate change, the final results of otoplasty become more apparent once the swelling subsides. Our patients are often thrilled with the subtle yet impactful enhancement to their appearance and the positive effect it has on their self-confidence.

Why Choose West Coast Plastic Surgery?

Choosing West Coast Plastic Surgery for your otoplasty means entrusting your care to Dr Qadir Khan, a highly skilled RACS-trained Plastic Surgeon with over a decade of specialised training. The clinic’s commitment to safety, quality treatment, and comprehensive patient care, combined with Dr. Khan’s expert knowledge in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, ensures a premium experience. Their focus on both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options, for adults and children alike, makes them an exemplary choice for anyone seeking transformative, high-quality otoplasty in Perth.


The average otoplasty surgery costs typically range between $6,000 AUD and $8,000 AUD. In some cases, it may be less depending on the extent of surgery required. Hospital and anaesthetist fees are provided additionally to patients before surgery is confirmed.

Medicare may partially cover otoplasty for children up to 18 years old if they have been teased about their prominent ears. Adults generally do not qualify for Medicare rebates for this procedure.

Otoplasty generally has a high success rate, with many patients satisfied with the outcome.

The results of Otoplasty are typically permanent.

Otoplasty is usually performed as a day procedure meaning overnight hospitalisation is not typically required.

Otoplasty may leave minimal scarring, often hidden behind the ear.

Most patients can return to work and normal activities a few days post-surgery, but it’s advised to avoid aerobic activities for about 3-4 weeks.

Yes, Otoplasty typically involves the use of either general or local anaesthesia.

The procedure is commonly performed on children, typically advised for those 5 years or older, as the ears have usually reached their full size by this age. A large amount of ear surgeries are typically done in childhood, as a child’s ear cartilage is typically easier to mould.

Possible risks include numbness, tightness, and sensitivity in the ear area post-surgery, with normal sensation usually returning within a month. There’s also a risk of broken sutures, which can result in the ears returning to their original position, asymmetry, hypertrophic/keloid scars, infection and bleeding. Overall complications are relatively rare.

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