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Correction of Prominent Ears (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is perhaps one of the most common types of cosmetic procedures for men and women performed today. The latest techniques and refinements in the performance of this procedure provide uniformly better results than were possible thirty years ago.

The procedure It is normally carried out under local anaesthetic and your anaesthetist will monitor your progress. The surgeon repositions the ears by either removing the extra cartilage which makes the ears protrude or creating a fold in the cartilage in order to bend back the top part of the ear. The incisions are made at the back of the ear, therefore the small scars are hidden in the crease.

The extra cartilage, which causes the ears to protrude, is removed. The wound is then sutured and the surgeon will secure the ear to the head.

The ears feel sore afterwards and the dressing must be left for 10 days.

The day of the procedure

On arrival at the hospital you will be admitted by the receptionist and routing medical checks such as your temperature and blood pressure are carried out.

You will then change into the theatre gown and remove any cosmetics, jewellery, glasses or contact lenses before meeting the surgeon.

After the procedure

You can expect your ears to feel slightly numb and swollen. You are unlikely to have any pain but may have some discomfort. A bandage, similar to a turban , will be applied around the head to cover your ears. This is to be worn for the first week day and night (it can be disguised with a woolly hat or scarf) and only at night for the 2nd week. During the second week you may wish to wear a hair band to protect your ears.

You should sleep on your back avoiding lying on your ears. Although you will see an immediate change after the operation, the final result will be seen within 3 months.

Most frequently asked questions

Is otoplasty for me?
People choose otoplasty when they have protruding ears. In many cases protruding ears lack the natural contours and folds. Often one ear may be larger, higher, or more projected than the other. Although it is not possible to obtain absolute symmetry with surgery, a very reasonable degree of improvement can be expected.

Your new ears will not necessarily change your self image or cause other people to treat you differently.

Are there age limits?
The ears are fully developed by the mid-teens. At any age after that you may choose to enhance your appearance and increase your self-confidence.

Are there any risks?
There are inherent risks with otoplasty as there are with any surgery. However, when an otoplasty is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are rare and usually minor. The complications that may occur are a reaction to the anaesthesia, infection or bleeding. However, if you follow the advise from your surgeon you will reduce these risks.

What is your surgeons’ experience?
All surgeons introduced to you by Continental Medical Services Ltd are fully registered with the General Medical Council and are NHS trained and approved. They operate in fully registered private hospitals. Their qualifications can be viewed on request at consultation.

What will happen the day of the procedure?
On arrival at the hospital you will be admitted by the receptionist and routine medical checks, such as your temperature and blood pressure are carried out. You will then change into our gown and remove any cosmetics, jewellery, glasses or contact lenses before meeting the surgeon. The procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthetic, however a sedation or general anaesthetic can be given if the patient prefers it.

Is there any pain after the surgery?
There is usually little pain associated with otoplasty, most patients report just a slight discomfort. You may have to continue to wear a headband at night to keep your ears flat for a few weeks. It takes approximately three weeks before the ears lose their redness, swelling and numbness. Follow-up appointments will be made to ensure the incisions are healing properly.

Is the initial consultation free?
Yes, it is free of charge. Simply call 0870 043 3859