What is ear correction surgery
Ear Correction Surgery
aka: otoplasty, pinnaplasty, correction of bat ears, ear pinning
What is it?
Ear correction surgery aka otoplasty, corrects prominent or misshaped ears. It’s most commonly performed on children under 14 but older than five, to stop or prevent bullying. The results are generally good with minimal scarring.
Adults can have ear correction surgery at the same time as other facial cosmetic surgery – ear reshaping surgery can also balance asymmetrical ears and modify enlarged ear lobes.
What to expect?
For older children and adults this cosmetic plastic surgery procedure is performed under a local op, although a mild general anaesthetic is used for younger children. The operation takes around an hour and you can leave hospital the same day.
The cosmetic surgeon makes an incision behind the ear, peels back the skin and reshapes the cartilage beneath the ear, removing some if necessary. Stitches hold the ears in position until they heal and a tennis headband must be worn for six weeks, even if only at night.
Results are seen within two weeks but full healing may take a few months. Expect greasy hair! You won’t be able to wash it for two weeks, and wait a month before heading to the swimming baths.
If you can demonstrate that ear correction surgery will affect your physical or mental health your case may be considered for NHS funding. Privately, ear correction surgery costs from £1,000 to £2,700
Risks and side effects
Common side effects of otoplasty include temporary discomfort and numbness, headache, swelling and bruising, as well as itching or numbness at the incision line. These normally resolve within a few weeks.
More serious complications following aesthetic ear surgery are rare and include haematoma, infection, reduced sensation, blood clot on the ear, scarring, damage to the underlying structure and a possible need for revision surgery.
Occasionally, sutures may be visible or may break allowing the ear(s) to return partly or fully to their original position, or causing irregular folds or shapes. Asymmetry is another possible side effect. Minimize risks by taking gentle exercise as soon as possible after your otoplasty, and following the advice of your otoplasty surgeon both before and after your ear surgery