Auckland Regional Plastic Reconstructive and Hand Surgery
Public Service, Plastic Surgery, Cancer Network Group, Orthopaedics
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
The appearance of ears that are misshapen or protruding (‘bat ears’) can be improved surgically. This type of operation is often carried out in children.
Cuts (incisions) are made behind the ears through which the cartilage in the ear can be reshaped or removed. The surgery lasts 1-2 hours and can be performed under local anaesthetic (the area treated is numb but you are awake), allowing you to go home the same day. For children, the procedure would be performed under general anaesthetic (they sleep through it) and they will remain in hospital overnight. You will need to wear head bandages for about 1 week and will probably be able to return to normal daily routines after that.