Ear Reshaping Surgery

1. Overview

Ear reshaping surgery, often known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty is surgery intended to improve the appearance of the ears. This is commonly carried out to move ears closer to the side of the head when they are unduly prominent.

2. What Does The Surgery Involve?

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Ear-pinning surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic though it can be performed under local anaesthetic if it is wished. Small cuts are made behind the ears to allow the cartilages of the ear to be modified and thus to correct their shape. The stitches used are dissolving and will fall out by themselves.

3. How Long Am I In Hospital?

Ear pinning surgery can normally be performed on a day case surgery basis.

4. What Is The Down-Time?

The ears will remain swollen and bruised for a period of a week to ten days. Mr Jones's patients wear a bandage on the ears for a week and following removal of the bandages we ask patients to wear a ski-band or Alice band at night for six weeks to prevent the corrected ears being damaged in the early healing phase.

5. What Are The Risks And Complications?

Complications following ear pinning surgery are uncommon and Mr Jones will discuss these with you at your consultation. Bleeding and infection are unusual but can occur.