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Otoplasty In Sydney

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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery

At Rizk Plastic Surgery in Sydney otoplasty surgery is usually done to move prominent or protruding ears closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears.

Also known as ear pinning, the operation is performed as a day surgery procedure under a general anaesthetic and involves ‘pinning’ a person’s ears back. Some people feel uncomfortable with the way their ears sit on their head, making it difficult to wear the hairstyle you want without feeling self-conscious.

If you feel that your ears protrude too far or have been misshapen from the onset or from injury, otoplasty assists individuals in improving the shape or position of their ears. The shape, size and prominence of our ears is usually hereditary and can greatly vary in amongst individuals.

Children especially may experience psychological issues as a result of name calling or taunts due to prominent or misshapen ears. These mental scars coupled with embarrassment may continue into adulthood, affecting one’s self-confidence and choices in style and fashion.

Ear pinning surgery can readjust protruding ears, reduce the size of ears or reshape the ears to provide individuals with a natural, aesthetically pleasing ear shape and position. As an expert in otoplasty Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Joseph Rizk can build new ears even for people who were born without them or who have lost them through injury.

Other ear problems that can be helped with surgery include:

  • ‘lop ear’ – when the tip seems to fold down and forward
  • ‘cupped ear’ – which is a very small ear
  • ‘shell ear’ – when the curve in the outer rim, as well as the natural folds and creases, are missing.

The goal of otoplasty is to create a natural looking shape that compliments your face. Dr Rizk and his skilled team are specialists in Otoplasty in Sydney and ready for your personalized, one-on-one consultation on how ear pinning surgery can help you.

What to Expect with Dr. Rizk.

Your or your child’s otoplasty journey begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Rizk. While other plastic surgeons may focus more on getting you in and out, Dr. Rizk strives to provide comprehensive, personalized care to each and every patient. He’ll thoroughly examine the current condition of the ears, cover your complete medical history, and then discuss the options with you. You’ll work together to design a treatment plan that fits your budget, lifestyle, and who you are as a person.

Dr. Rizk will also walk you through the ways you can prepare for your procedure and recovery. Medical tests may need to be run to ensure your health, and you may be asked to adjust medications or supplements you are taking. Typically, you’ll want to avoid smoking and using blood-thinning drugs in the week or two before your surgery.

All of our otoplasty surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, so you’ll be able to go home to begin your recovery. However, the anaesthetic used is strong and will take hours to wear off fully, so you’ll want to arrange for a friend or loved one to be available to take you home safely.

Finally, Dr. Rizk and his outstanding team will be with you every step of the way — from preparing you in the weeks leading up to your surgery to monitoring your progress during the procedure to ensuring you have the support you need during your recovery. Our highest priorities are your safety, your comfort, and your opportunity to see the positive changes in your life you’ve been looking for.

Sydney otoplasty model with curly hair looking down and smiling


In terms of facial plastic surgery Sydney offers a variety of procedures under Dr Rizk. These include:

As a renowned and respected Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Bear in mind that otoplasty is a major surgical procedure that can carry substantial discomfort as part of recovery. A regional anaesthetic is used so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Most patients experience some significant discomfort during recovery, but this can typically be managed with medication recommended by Dr. Rizk in your aftercare instructions.

This procedure carries the same risks inherent to any surgical treatment. These potential negative effects can include a reaction to the anaesthesia, infection, pain, and scarring. Dr. Rizk will discuss these risks with you before your operation, lay out a custom plan for a safe procedure and recovery, and take every precaution possible to minimize risk.

The recovery process from an ear surgery procedure is considered minimal when compared to other plastic surgeries. It usually takes two to three weeks before you can completely return to life as usual. However, the duration can vary depending on your body’s response, the scope of the surgery, and how well you follow your aftercare advice.

As your ears heal, it is critical that they be protected from unnecessary pressure or stress. This often requires that you refrain from sleeping on them and keep your head in an elevated position to allow for proper drainage. Dr. Rizk will provide you with recommendations for sleeping positions that will allow you to protect your ears while remaining as comfortable as possible.

Yes, there are nonsurgical forms of otoplasty available. They are designed to control and redirect the growth of the ear and are typically reserved for use on infants and children. Forms of nonsurgical otoplasty include “taping” (using tape, shaping compounds, or moulds) and the use of customized splints.

The ear will continue to change shape throughout your life, but these changes are usually very subtle. The dramatic difference made by an otoplasty surgery will be very noticeable and will last for the rest of your life.

Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.

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