Procedure

Otoplasty (also known as ear pinning) places prominent ears closer to the head and/or reduces large ears. It is a popular procedure, as prominent ears are very obvious and can cause embarrassment. Anyone can have this procedure once ear growth is complete, from 4 years old onwards.

Besides ears that protrude, there are a variety of ear problems to help with surgery.  For instance: "lop ear" when the tip folds down and forward, "cupped ear" a very small ear,  and "shell ear" when the curve in the outer rim,  including the natural folds and creases are missing.  In addition,  surgery can improve large or stretched earlobes, or lobes with large creases and wrinkles.  Similarly a surgeon can build new ears for those who were born without them or who lost them through injury.

Often performed with other facial procedures to give a more balanced look, depending on the patients facial structure and goals.

In most cases, there is a faint scar in the back of the ear that fades in time. When one ear protrudes, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance.  In conclusion ear surgery can make a difference to the look of your face, therefore most patients are thrilled with their new look.

Length

Ear surgery takes about two to three hours, although complicated procedures may take longer. The technique will depend on the problem.

Anesthesia

General anesthesia is used for children under the age of six.  In addition for older children and adults general or local anesthesia is used in conjunction with sedation.

Inpatient/Outpatient

This is performed as outpatient, however dependent on what is required, you may need to spend one night in hospital.

Possible side effects

Temporary throbbing and/or swelling of the ear.

There are risks

Risks involve excessive scarring, infection of cartilage, blood clots, bleeding that needs draining, mismatched or artificial-looking ears. As a result these may require repeat surgery.  Most patients won't have complications, however if you have concerns, please discuss these with your doctor.

Selecting patients carefully and with the most skilled surgeons and nurses minimizes risks and complications. However, despite the highest standards, complications can occur.

Recovery

In five to seven days, you can return to work or school. After that you can resume strenuous activities such as contact sports within one to two months. In addition, for four weeks, a compression garment must be worn.

Results

A permanent procedure.

Cost of Otoplasty

The cost can vary based on the technique used, surgeon fees, anesthesia used, inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (day surgery), and package inclusions. Please ask your consultant for verification on what is/is not included.

Related Face Procedures

Other common facial procedures include;

Next Steps

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