Ear surgery (Pinnaplasty)

Prominent ear correction (Pinnaplasty, Correction of bat ears, Otoplasty)

About Ear surgery

Ear surgery is needed if an individual is unhappy with the shape, size, position or proportion of their ears.

Ear surgery is also known as:

  • Ear correction
  • Ear pinning
  • Pinnaplasty
  • Otoplasty and
  • Correction of bat ears

Prominent ears (ears that stick-out) can be as a result of a birth defect in ear structure or as a result of an injury. Irrespective of the cause of protruding ears, my years of  cosmetic surgery experience will allow me to suggest a natural look surgical solution.

Ear correction in adults can be done on individuals who are dissatisfied with their ear structure but who have a positive outlook on life and have no health issues.

Ear pinning (Pinnaplasty) on children can be considered if the child:

  • Is five years or older of age
  • Can voice their concerns, approval or disapproval
  • Is healthy and have no life threatening conditions

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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, call us 07425 162493 to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.

During Ear Pinning Surgery

Ear pinning surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. When children are receiving pinnaplasty it is always performed under general anaesthetic as a day case. Although there is no ideal age for this surgery to be carried out it  is preferable to do it before the child goes to school.

There are several techniques for ear correction. I personally use a technique that re-shapes the cartilage (gristle) of the ear. This is achieved through an incision that is hidden behind the ear and stitched with one easy removal stitch.

A large padded bandage around the head is placed after ear surgery. This bandage prevents swelling and it also helps the ears conform to the new contours. The bandage is only removed after a week.

Every operation has limitations and carries a risk of complications. Your surgeon will discuss these in detail during your consultation.

After Ear Correction Surgery

After ear correction surgery, patients might experience some pain, swelling, and bruising. After ear surgery a bandage should be worn over the ears for one week which is an important part of the recovery process.  Strenuous activity and contact sports should be avoided for two to three weeks. Patients are likely to be able to return to work or school and resume normal activity in approximately one to two weeks post pinnaplasty.

An improvement in appearance is noticeable immediately after the removal of the bandage and once the swelling subsides, which could take within six to eight weeks, the final result of the operation will be clearly visible.

Related facial plastic surgery procedures include:

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears, call us 07425 162493 to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.