What’s the 411 on Ear Correction Surgery?


Big ears, small ears, large ears... Ears play a very important role in hearing and balance, but the appearance of ears is something that many people are unwilling to overlook. In many cases, people who seek Ear Correction Surgery (also known as Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty) feel embarrassed and uncomfortable with their ears, often having large protruding ears that “stick out”. Having large ears for some people means waving goodbye to hairstyles that draw attention to the face and neck (ponytails, chignons, short cuts, etc). Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a reality, as ear reshaping and correction surgeries can resolve the majority of aesthetically-related ear issues, which may positively impact the overall look of the face.

So what are the different types of ear corrective surgeries to look out for? Well it all depends on what your issue is; if your ears are noticeably large, you might consider removing the excess cartilage tissue and reshaping them to appear smaller, if your ears are large and protruding, this will include the removal of excess cartilage, reshaping the ears, and then pinning them back.

Otoplasty in a nutshell
  • Otoplasty procedures in the UK saw an 8% increase in the year 2013, according to recent figures from the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).
  • Otoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, according to how extensive the procedure will be, with most procedures lasting two hours. Once anaesthetic is administered, the surgeon makes an incision behind the ear, along the crease line. The excess cartilage that is responsible for protruding is removed, and the ear is then pinned back along the fold to its new position. Once complete, the area is stitched up (with dissolvable sutures) and a dressing is wrapped around the head for support.
  • Initially, the ears maybe bruised and swollen for a couple of weeks, possibly taking up to 6 weeks for a full recovery – so you might want to postpone any elaborate hair-dos for a little while longer! In addition to taking a week off work, you’ll also need to wear a full headband or turban head-bandage, for 5-7 days, and then every night for a further two weeks. For pain and discomfort, you will be given painkillers and your surgeon will advise you on after care.
To avoid the risk of complications during and after Otoplasty, always ensure that your Plastic Surgeon is experienced in the procedure you are researching, always read reviews and personal experiences of their patients, and make sure you meet and feel 100% comfortable with everything your surgeon tells you.
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London Plastic Surgeon