Otoplasty (Bat Ears)

An otoplasty is a cosmetic operation to improve the appearance of your ears. You are most likely to benefit from otoplasty if you are self conscious about the size or shape of your ears.  Then Dr Gillett will assess you and let you know if an otoplasty is suitable for you.

Otoplasty can help correct unusually shaped ears, ears that stick out (‘bat ears’) or ears that are not symmetrical. The aim of the procedure is to improve your self confidence and to make you more comfortable with your appearance.

Before and after otoplasty performed by Dr David Gillett

After the Surgery

After the operation you will wake up with turban like bandaging around your ears/head. This bandaging is to remain untouched for 2 weeks.


Please keep bandaging dry – use a plastic shower cap while bathing/showering.

Pain Management

Regular pain relief is recommended. Itchiness and feelings of “ants crawling around” are normal. If this is uncomfortable obtain an over the counter anti-histamine (i.e. Claratyne) from a pharmacist and take the recommended dosage for your age. Do not push foreign objects up the edges of the bandage, eg pens, chop sticks etc, to scratch any areas of the head.


First Post Operative Appointment
A post operative visit to our practice is necessary one week after the operation (see appointment time). We will review the bandaging and answer any questions you may have.

Second Post Operative Appointment
At the post operative visit 2 weeks after the operation we will take all the bandaging and padding off your ears. No suture removal is necessary as dissolving sutures are used behind both ears. When the bandaging is first removed the ears may look swollen and bruised. This is to be expected and can give a distorted appearance. The swelling and bruising will resolve during the following few weeks and the ears will assume their new look. Mr Gillett will review you around 6 weeks post surgery to check your recovery.

When Can I Resume Activities?

The ears are still healing for 6 weeks, so you will need to exercise caution during this period. DO NOT pull the ears forward. At night we ask you wear a light headband while sleeping. Any contact sport or playground activity that may cause movement to the ears should be avoided.

Report the Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound
If you have any of these post operative concerns or queries please ring the rooms on (08) 9284 4966