Pinnaplasty (Ear Surgery)
Nicely shaped ears usually go unnoticed. But having ears that are large, misshapen, or that stick out draws unwanted attention that can erode a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence over a lifetime. Children with protruding ears are often subjected to teasing by peers; teens and adults can become withdrawn and self-conscious about the appearance of their ears.
Plastic surgery of the ear, technically known as “otoplasty,” should be performed after the ear is fully developed at around age 4. At Cosmedicare we operate only on adults aged 18 or over. The improvements provided by ear shaping include:
- Repositioning protruding ears closer to the head
- Reducing the size of large ears
- Correcting misshapen ears, such as “lop ears” (when the tip folds down and forward), and “shell ears” (when the curve in the outer rim of the ear is missing)
- Enhancing ear lobes that are oversized, stretched, or wrinkled
- Improving symmetry between ear shape or size
- Creating new ears for patients with birth defects
- Reconstructing ears damaged by injury
Ear shaping plastic surgery will not affect hearing, and usually leaves only faint scars that your surgeon can conceal behind the ears.
What Happens During Pinnaplasty/Otoplasty?
Surgical correction uses an incision hidden behind the ear to bring the ears closer to the head. At times, repositioning requires us to create a bend in the upper ear known as the antihelix, which doesn’t always fully form during development. Also, surgical correction of the “bowl” area of the ear, or concha, can greatly reduce cupping of the ear and give the ear a more natural position, closer to the head. We can also improve the earlobe so it doesn’t protrude as much.
Surgery typically requires IV sedation and last for about one and a half hours. Pain is minimal, and only a week is needed for recovery. General Anaesthetic options are also available.
Post Surgical Recovery
Recovery from otoplasty doesn’t take long. The dressing will be removed the day after and an athletic style headband is put in place for one week and worn all day and night. It is only removed for a short time each day so cleaning can be carried out. After a week, it can be worn at night for a month. Pain should be minimal, and some swelling and bruising is expected however most of it subsides within a week, when the majority of patients resume to normal activities.
To arrange your appointment at our Glasgow or Edinburgh clinics contact our team today.