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Prominent Ear Correction

At our practice in London, Otoplasty, also known as prominent ear correction is a Plastic Surgery operation to correct big or prominent ears that stick out (pinna) in a patient who feels that their ear(s) stick out or are abnormal. The goal of the operation is to achieve a more natural appearance. Specialist Plastic Surgeon Mr. Inglefield has the experience and expertise in pinnaplasty—prominent ear correction—for your personal care at London Bridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Clinic.

Prominent Ear Correction FAQ’s
  • What is Prominent Ear Correction, Pinnaplasty, Ear Plastic Surgery?
    Prominent Ear Correction, Ear Plastic Surgery is carried out to reshape or reduce the ears so that they do not protrude abnormally. Surgery is performed via an incision at the back of the ear, in the groove where the ear meets the head. The cartilage of the ear is then reshaped and or reduced to improve the shape and correct the prominence of the ears. Any asymmetry will also be corrected at the time of surgery.
  • What are the benefits of Prominent Ear Correction, Ear Plastic Surgery?
    Prominent Ear Correction, Ear Plastic Surgery, aims to restore a natural appearance of the ears allowing you to wear your hair up or short. This result can restore self-confidence and boost self-esteem.
  • Am I the ideal patient for Prominent Ear Correction?
    If you would like to improve your ears to achieve an aesthetically pleasing more natural appearance then Pinnaplasty Surgery is right for you. The skin over and behind the ears must be healthy and there should not be other Medical Illnesses that might increase the risks of surgery. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by Pinnaplasty Surgery and understand the risks and side effects of this surgery.
  • Does Pinnaplasty Surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
    Pinnaplasty surgery is commonly performed under local anaesthetic as a day-case or out-patient procedure. Occasionally, a general anaesthetic is necessary.
  • How long is the Pinnaplasty procedure?
    Pinnaplasty Surgery normally takes approximately 1 hour to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
  • What about the scars following Pinnaplasty Surgery?
    The incisions are placed in grooves behind the ears and are therefore hidden. These incisions heal well in 7 to 10 days.
  • Will a special garment be required after Pinnaplasty Surgery?
    In Pinnaplasty Surgery a support garment – sports headband, is fitted at the end of surgery to help control swelling and reduce movement post-operatively. This should be worn day and night for the first week.
  • Can Pinnaplasty Surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?
    Yes, Pinnaplasty can be combined with procedures such as Rhinoplasty, Chin Augmentation or Blepharoplasty. What is appropriate and safe for you to combine will depend on your Medical Health, your goals, and the individual procedures.
  • What reassurance do I have with Pinnaplasty Surgery?
    At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we understand that your decision to have Pinnaplasty Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires and assess you carefully, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Pinnaplasty Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during, and after your surgery.
  • How long is the recovery time?
    Mild pain/discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 1 week, but avoid strenuous exercise/activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports.
  • What about the results following Prominent Ear Correction?
    The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Pinnaplasty surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing which is in balance with your facial features – i.e. looks natural and does not appear abnormal. Remember it can take 6 weeks or more for the final result to be achieved.
  • What are the risks of Pinnaplasty Surgery?
    Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Bruising can occur and may take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Displacement of the ears can occur in the early postoperative course. This is prevented by avoiding displacement of the garment – sleeping, excessive movement. Some altered sensation around the ears is expected and will commonly return to normal between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. Asymmetry of the ears can occur with healing and may require adjustment once complete healing is achieved.
  • How long do the results last?
    The results of Pinnaplasty surgery are permanent. Rarely, recurrence of ear prominence can occur, requiring revision surgery.
  • What is the cost of Pinnaplasty, Prominent Ear Correction?
    The cost for Pinnaplasty Surgery will vary depending on the complexity of the surgery required to achieve an aesthetically pleasing and natural result. An accurate quotation can only be provided following your consultation.
  • Why have Pinnaplasty or Ear correction?

    Pinnaplasty is performed to reshape big or ears that stick out to give a normal appearance. Otoplasty or Prominent Ear correction aims to correct differences in the ears either in prominence or size – big or stick out. Pinnaplasty can reshape the ears for a more natural appearance and boost self-confidence.

    Many patients with prominent ears – sticky out, or abnormally shaped ears- big ears, adopt various habits to avoid exposing their ears. This can frequently cause undue anxiety and loss of self-confidence. However, many people live active confident lives with markedly prominent ( sticky out ) ears, and most patients desire surgery to correct their ears because of low self-esteem.

    Pinnaplasty or Prominent Ear correction for big or ears that stick out is normally carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case and involves removing excess skin behind the ears and reshaping the cartilage to achieve a natural appearance with minimal scarring. A careful assessment of your ears will be required and the optimum treatment to achieve the best result will be discussed at the time of your Consultation.

    Remember Pinnaplasty or Prominent ( Big or Sticky out) Ear correction surgery will not change you or solve any life crises, but should boost your self-confidence and enjoyment of life.

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If you’d like to schedule a consultation for a London otoplasty to correct ears that are sticking out, please contact us today. The talented surgical staff at London Bridge Plastic Surgery will be able to provide recommendations and answer all questions.

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Mr. Christopher Inglefield

Mr. Christopher Inglefield BSc, MBBS, FRCS(Plast) was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and obtained his Medical Degree from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad in 1985.

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