Prominent Ear Correction

Some people are born with ears that either stick out more than usual or are a different shape. Pinnaplasty can improve this.

What are the benefits of prominent ear correction?

Following a pinnaplasty, the ears are pinned back into a more normal position or the folds of the ears are recreated to give a more normal shape.

What will happen at the consultation for prominent ear correction?

During the initial consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. He will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, the risks and limitations, and the type of anaesthesia that will be used. Your surgeon will also evaluate your health and discuss the costs of the procedure.

How is the prominent ear correction procedure performed?

There are several different pinnaplasty techniques. The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia. An incision is made behind the ear in the crease where the ear meets the scalp and the skin lifted off the cartilage of the ear. The cartilage is either cut from behind and scored to make it more pliable or a small incision is made in the front of the ear to allow the scores to be made. Sutures are then placed in the cartilage behind to make a new fold in the ear. The skin is then closed with dissolving stitches behind the ear.

How long does the operation to correct prominent ears take?

It generally takes about 1 and a 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on the extent of the repair.

How long do I have to stay in the hospital for after a prominent ear correction?

Usually you may go home the same day.

What can I expect afterwards?

For the first few days, your ears will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. There will be a dressing behind your ears for 7 to 10 days. A head band should be worn at night to prevent the ears from being bent forward during sleep.

An appointment will be made to see the consultant 7 to 10 days after discharge. Keep all dressings intact and dry until then. No contact sports for 8 weeks after the procedure.

What are the long-term results of prominent ear correction?

The long-term results from this procedure are generally excellent, although occasionally, the ears can spring back to their original position.

What are the risks of prominent ear correction?

All surgery has some potential risks, including the risks of bleeding, reaction to the anaesthetic, and infection. Scars are to be expected, but they will become lighter and flatter with time and are hidden well behind the ear. Smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. This could result in larger scars, and a second surgery.

You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions before and after the surgery, especially with regard to when and how to resume physical activity. Occasionally, the ears can spring back to their original position or a degree of asymmetry may be noted.

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