Improve Confidence with Otoplasty

Improve Confidence with Otoplasty

Your child is being teased at school for having “elephant ears”. Or, perhaps, you have always wished your own ears weren’t quite so protruding. You want to experiment with a new hair style but you are afraid to uncover your “jug handles” for all the world to see. If these scenarios describe what you or your child are going through, then you need to learn about otoplasty in Newcastle.

Dr. John Newton, M.B.B.S, F.R.A.C.S, is a cosmetic plastic surgeon who, for over 28 years, has been providing excellent patient care to the Newcastle area, and even introduced several revolutionary surgical procedures during his time serving the Public Health System. He has performed more than 100,000 surgical procedures including 1,500-plus ear reductions. The new outlook on life he has provided his patients is his most rewarding achievement.

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty in Newcastle is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can correct any defects in the shape, size, or position of a patient’s ears. Often, such defects in a person’s ear structure were already present at birth. In other cases, a mishap or injury to the ear caused a deformity. The purpose of an otoplasty procedure is to give ears a shape that is more natural looking while, at the same time, ensuring the ears are proportionate to the face.

At what age can otoplasty be right for a child?

Only after an initial consultation with Dr. Newton can it be determined if otoplasty is right for your child’s disfigured or protruding ears. However, generally, five years is the ideal age for a child to be considered for otoplasty because, by then, the cartilage in the ear has grown stable enough for surgery. Also, by that age, a child can better understand what happens during otoplasty and they could communicate any concerns they may have.

What makes an adult a good candidate for surgery?

If you are an adult (this applies to teenagers as well) who has overly large ears or has ears that are deformed or misshapen by an injury, and you are in generally good health, you can be a good candidate for otoplasty. During your initial consultation, Dr. Newton will perform a thorough examination of your ears and will also answer all your questions and address any concerns.

What do I say to friends who are pressuring me to have “something done with my ears”?

Keep in mind that otoplasty is a procedure that should not be done just to satisfy someone else nor should anyone have it done just to fit what he or she may think is the “perfect image”. Otoplasty should only be considered after consulting with Dr. Newton and making a mutual determination that it is right for you.

If I have an otoplasty, will the results be visible immediately?

Once the dressings used to provide support to the new shape of your ears are removed, you will notice a difference right away. And, now that your ears are positioned closer to your head, any surgical scars are hidden either directly behind the ear or are out of sight within your ear’s natural creases.

If you are interested in learning more about otoplasty for you or your child, please schedule an appointment online or by calling Dr. Newton’s office at 02 4948 4200.