Ear surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic, at a fully accredited private hospital.
There are over one hundred different otoplasty techniques, so it is difficult to generalise. Your options will be discussed in full at your consultation.
While surgery can correct stretched or creased earlobes and other deformities, the most common procedure corrects overgrowth of the concha, which is the central part of the ear.
Dr. Beldholm employs techniques that reshape the ear by both resecting excess cartilage and using sutures to fold back the ear. Generally a natural-looking result is achieved with a small incision behind the ear, which hides the scar well.
In more mature patients, the cartilage is stiffer and may require scoring in front in addition to the standard suture techniques.
An older otoplasty technique, where the skin is pulled off the cartilage and the anterior side of the ear is scored and the cartilage is folded back, can produce unpredictable results and the scoring may sometimes be visible.