Plastic Surgery of the Ears

Dr. Breidahl has specialist expertise in otoplasty through over 10 years as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Some children and adults wish to change the shape of their ears for many reasons. 

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to change the angle and shape of protruding or uneven ears in children and adults. During Otoplasty Dr. Breidahl reshapes part of the cartilage in the ears, allowing them to lie closer to the side of the head.


  • Modern anaesthesia is safe but does have risks.
  • Patients undergoing Otoplasty usually receive general anaesthesia.


  • Day-surgery patients may be ready to go home after a few hours. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. A responsible adult should stay with you for at least 24 hours after you return home.
  • After surgery a bulky bandage will cover your ears. The bandage will remain in place for up to 7 days. Dr. Breidahl will remove the bandage and give advice on hair washing.
  • Pain and discomfort are to be expected for the first few days after surgery. Paracetamol is usually sufficient to relieve pain. Pain and discomfort should ease after the first week.
  • After Dr. Breidahl removes the bandage, the ears may be bruised, swollen and tender.
  • For several weeks after surgery avoid activities that might bend or hurt the ears, such as contact sports.
  • Most adults can return to work within five days, but many wait until the bandage is removed. Children can go back to school after seven days but must be careful in the playground

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


Dr. Alan Breidahl

Dr. Alan Breidahl

Dr. Alan BreidahlPlastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Alan Breidahl is one of Australia’s most respected Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is a specialist in post-traumatic and cleft lip-associated Rhinoplasty and has over 20 years clinical experience in all...

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