Ear surgery with Dr Hunt

Changing the size, shape or position of your ears through ear surgery (otoplasty) can have a dramatic effect on your appearance. Ear surgery achieves immediate, impactful results that last a lifetime. Whether your child is being teased or you have finally decided to bite the bullet and have surgery on your own ears, Dr Hunt can help.

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Children’s Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Unlike most other plastic surgeries, the earlier children’s ears are corrected the better. Dr Hunt encourages you to book a consultation for your child as soon as possible, once they turn six.

Your child is in the very best hands with Dr Hunt – he’s not only Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training and a Consultant Surgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital, but he’s also got four young daughters of his own. He’ll ensure your child feels safe, comfortable and is thrilled with the final result.

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 15 years experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


Is it for me?


If you (or your child) are unhappy with the size, shape or position of your ears, you are the perfect candidate for otoplasty. You’ll finally be able to get that short haircut, embrace the ponytail and smile for photographs with pride!

What's involved?


Dr Hunt will explain his proposed approach to your ear surgery in detail during your personal consultation. However all ear surgery is performed under a general anesthetic administered by one of Dr Hunt’s preferred anesthetists in the hospital of your choice.

In most cases, Dr Hunt will make an incision at the back of your ear, and either remove some cartilage or fold it back onto itself before suturing it together.
Dissolving sutures are used, so you don’t need to have them removed, and any scarring is usually very faint and hidden in the creases behind the ear.

The whole procedure will take around one hour.

When can I go home?


Most ear surgery patients go home the day of their surgery. You’ll be given a prescription for medication to minimise any discomfort.

When you get home, you should rest in bed for the remainder of the day.

Will I have to return for post-operative care?


You’ll see Dr Hunt four to five days after your surgery, at which time your dressing will be removed.

How long will I be off work?


Recovery is fast and you should only expect to need a week off work.

When can I resume my normal activities?


Full recovery takes around six weeks, although you can resume your normal activities around two weeks after surgery. During this time, your ears will be swollen and bruised.

When will I see the end result?


Complete healing may take up to a year, although you’ll have a very good sense of your results by the six week mark.

How much will otoplasty cost me?


With every patient’s needs being slightly different, it’s difficult to determine a standard otoplasty cost without scheduling a personalised consultation with Dr Hunt. Not all patients need a significant amount of cartilage removed or reshaped, while others do. Whether or not you need a general or local anaesthetic will alter the final cost. Adults generally only need a local anaesthetic, while children are more comfortable with a general anaesthetic. If you will be repairing your earlobes at the same time, which is quite common, the cost will be slightly higher. Lastly, surgeon, hospital and anaesthetist fees will need to be incorporated into the total cost. Under certain conditions, some patients may be eligible for a Medicare rebate, which will cover some of the costs of this procedure. Dr Hunt can tell you more about whether this is possible during your consultation once your requirements have been determined.