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Ear Correction Otoplasty
Ear Correction Otoplasty
Ear Correction Otoplasty
Ear Correction Otoplasty
Ear Correction Otoplasty

Ear Correction Surgery

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Duration Duration
1 hour
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
General anaesthetic
Hospital stay Hospital Stay
Day case
Downtime Downtime
2 - 3 weeks
Results Final Result
6 - 9 months
Suitable for Addresses
Ear shape position and size
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Otoplasty, also referred to as pinnaplasty, is a surgical procedure used to improve the position and shape of ears. This form of aesthetic ear surgery can also be used to improve large, stretched or even split earlobes or lobes with large creases and wrinkles. The function of the ear is not affected by its shape; however patients who opt for this surgery are often dissatisfied with protruding or misshapen ears which the surgery can help rectify.

Our genes largely dictate the shape and size of our ears. In these respects, ears can vary enormously between individuals as well as between the right and left side. In situations where the ears appear to be particularly prominent or when the shape looks decidedly out of the normal, psychological effects are often experienced. The child with protruding ears is often the subject of continuous taunts and teases which can be upsetting. Feelings of self- consciousness, rejection and hostility can become underlying reactions to lack of peer acceptance.

Top 5 FAQs for Ear Correction Surgery

What does the surgery involve?
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The main surgical objective during prominent ear correction surgery is to reduce the protrusion and at the same time to provide a normal configuration when the ear is viewed from the side. This objective is achieved by modifying the flexibility of the cartilage beneath the skin, thereby creating a more desired shape and position. An incision of around 4-5 cm is made in the skin in the groove behind the ears where any remaining surface scarring will be less visible. Occasionally, incisions are placed on the front surface of the ear, although these are placed inconspicuously within the normal contours or creases. After correction of the shape and position of the ear is accomplished, the incisions are sutured and the ears are carefully padded with cotton wool and secured with a bandage.

Am I suitable for surgery?
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Providing one understands that the goal of Otoplasty is improvement and not perfection, it can be ranked as one of the more successful cosmetic surgery procedures. If you've discussed the procedure and your expectations before the operation, chances are you'll be quite pleased with the result. By significantly improving the appearance of prominent or misshapen ears, successful Otoplasty can also boost an individual’s personal confidence and self-esteem.

What can I expect on the day of surgery?
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This procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia and sedation. Following the operation, as with any type of surgery, you will notice some discomfort as the swelling and healing commences. Prescribed painkillers will be given to you to ease any pain in the coming days. The bulky head bandage covering your ears post-surgery serves to: • Hold the ears in their new position • Minimise swelling and discomfort • Enable you to sleep on either side without painful pressure • Protect against any inadvertent injury that may occur whilst asleep. • Encourage optimum results Patients often say the bandage is the most unpleasant element of the experience as it is a visible sign of surgery and the urge to itch the ears can be high, however it must be kept on for one week for the reasons listed above.

What results can I expect from surgery?
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If you have discussed the procedure and conveyed and agreed your expectations fully before the operation, chances are you'll be quite pleased with the result. By significantly improving the appearance of prominent or misshapen ears, successful otoplasty can also boost personal confidence and self esteem. If it is understood that the goal of otoplasty is improvement and not perfection, then this can be deemed one of the more successful cosmetic surgery procedures.

What is the recovery time?
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The bulky head bandage and stitches are removed after one week after which most adults can return to work. Significant bruising and swelling may take up to three weeks to subside but the improvement in the ears’ prominence will be apparent at this stage. It is advised you refrain from contact sports for three month post Otoplasty.

Tips from the Top

  • Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    "Ice packs can help reduce swelling and keep you comfortable."

    Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    Ice packs can help reduce swelling and keep you comfortable.

  • Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning"

    Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning

  • Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything"

    Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything

  • Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)"

    Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)

  • Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation "

    Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation

  • Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal"

    Suzi

    NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal

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