Prominent Ear Correction, Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty comprises of reshaping, modification and positioning of excessively protruding ears to set them closer to the head. About 1-2% of the UK population have protruding ears, frequently a trend inherited from parents or that runs in their family history. Normal folds may often be absent, while in some instances one ear is more protuberant than the other.
Ear Correction, Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty is an excellent procedure to correct prominent ears. The cartilage within the ear is adjusted and missing folds are created whilst setting the ear in a position that lies closer to the head. The surgery can be performed in many ways, depending on the intended modifications.
Normally, Mr Javaid makes a cut behind the ear, removes some skin and subsequently sutures the cartilage so that it bends backward, closer to the head. To hold the ear in the new position, dissolving stitches are frequently used. Removal of small portions of cartilage may also be essential at times and minor procedures may be required for reducing the size of abnormally large ear lobes. Finally, a dressing is wrapped around the head to protect the ear.
In children, general anaesthesia is commonly used for the operation; however local anaesthesia is used for adults.
Protective bandages need to be worn for 7-10 days following the surgery, after which the stitches are removed. Patients are advised to wear protective dressings or head bands whilst sleeping for up to 8 weeks following the surgery. Painkilling medications like Codeine and Paracetamol are recommended to relieve pain after surgery. The wound behind the ear usually heals well, however lumps and redness can appear in rare cases. Minor alterations may be needed for some patients, although the majority of people are satisfied with their results.
The surgery intends to address two aspects: shape modification and position adjustment. After the procedure, the ears appear to be closer to the head and deformities in the folds are corrected.
The result of pinnoplasty lasts longer when the surgery is carried out on patients who are 5 years or older, as cartilage is floppy in younger children and doesn’t hold stitches as efficiently. In many cases, attaining complete symmetry is also difficult and minor anomalies may appear on the surface of skin.
Bruising, bleeding, haematoma, swelling, temporary numbness, infection, asymmetry, overcorrection, undercorrection, recurrence of deformity and scar related problems, persistent dissatisfaction with the appearance.
During the first few weeks after birth, the ear cartilage is very floppy and reshaping prominent ears is possible by placing a small splint or mould to the rim. Permanent correction is achievable after weeks of splint application.
Operation duration: Approximately 1 hour. Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia in children and local anaesthetics in adults. Hospital Stay: Not required. The surgery is generally done under day care. Time offwork: 10 days are advisable. Overall Result: Visible from 2-6 months.
If you require any further information about Ear Correction, Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty, or the range of surgical and non surgical treatments provided by Mr Javaid or wish to book a consultation please contact us by completing our enquiry form or by using the following contact details:
Enquiries in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire:Please speak to Mrs Pauline Titley (private secretary) on 077 8069 8989
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