Ear surgery (otoplasty) is most commonly performed as a day surgical procedure and you are not required to enter hospital as a general admission. However, fasting which means complete abstinence from food and fluids of all types, should occur for approximately six hours prior to your theatre time.
The procedure usually takes approximately one hour.
In children up to the age of 16 or 17 the surgery is invariably done under general anaesthetic. In older patients local anaesthetic can be used.
The incision is usually placed behind the ear in the fold either adjacent to the skull or on the back of the ear itself. Additional scars may be necessary on the front of the ear in the fold. These however, will be discussed with you if they are necessary.
What do I need to know before booking a consultation for an otoplasty ?
Anyone considering cosmetic surgery from July 01, 2023 will be required to seek GP Referral before booking a consultation and provide this to their Plastic Surgeon. All patients will also require a minimum of two consultations with their plastic Surgeon, including at least one of these consultations being face-to-face. At least seven days between your face-to-face consultation with your Surgeon and your procedure will also be required.