What happens during prominent ear correction surgery?
An incision is made in the crease located behind the ear and the excess cartilage that is causing the ear to protrude away from the side of the head is removed. A new fold is formed and the ear is pinned into position, lying closer to the head.
How long does prominent ear correction surgery take?
The procedure usually takes about two hours and can be performed either under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the patient’s individual requirements. If possible, it is performed under local anaesthetic to minimise any complications.
What is the recovery like after a prominent ear correction procedure?
The ears are stitched into their new position with dissolvable stitches and a dressing is used to support the ear during the first week or so as it heals. Patients typically return home on the same day and usually return to work once the full head bandage is removed. A support band should be worn at night for a few weeks. The ears may appear bruised, swollen and slightly red for the first few weeks. There may be a small amount of discomfort but it is easily managed with over-the-counter painkillers.
When can I return to exercise after prominent ear correction surgery?
We advise you not to perform strenuous exercise for at least four weeks after surgery and contact sports should be avoided for at last six weeks.
Will there be any scarring from prominent ear correction surgery?
There should be no visible scarring from ear pinning, once the scars have fully matured. If the ears require resizing or reshaping, then there may be some small scars but your cosmetic surgeon will always work to place incisions in the least noticeable position possible.
Prominent Ear Correction
Large or protruding ears can have a huge impact on someone’s self-esteem and prominent ear correction surgery, also known as a otoplasty or pinnaplasty, can be a highly effective and straightforward procedure, transforming the appearance of the ears and greatly improving self-confidence.