TRANSFORM YOUR EARS WITH OTOPLASTY
An Otoplasty, also known as Pinnaplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to re-shape or re-size prominent ears. The aim of the treatment is to create more proportionate and symmetrical looking ears that are closer to your head, with natural results that last.
Depending on the results you look to achieve from your Otoplasty in London at EF MEDISPA, the procedure is normally performed under general anaesthetic and takes around one to two hours to complete. The doctor may remove ear cartilage through a small incision which is hidden behind the ear or may also use stitches to hold your ears into a new position during Pinnaplasty in London; often referred to as ‘pinning back’ the ears.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH OTOPLASTY IN LONDON?
It is common for people to want to change the appearance of their ears, and genetics appear to play a large role in the cause of prominent ears. It is common for protruding ears to run in a family, but other causes include:
- Overdevelopment of the ear cartilage: if the pinna (or outer ear) has formed excess cartilage, it is more likely to be prominent.
- Underdevelopment of the ear cartilage: occasionally the ridge of cartilage located at the top of the ear does not develop properly. This causes the edge of the ear to fold outwards.
- Injury: protruding ears can be a result of an injury.
THE PROCESS OF PINNAPLASTY IN LONDON
When the ears are too large, this is called macrotia; this and other concerns such as protruding ears can be corrected relatively simply with cosmetic ear surgery. An Otoplasty in London aims to remodel the ear cartilage to create any missing folds and reposition the ear closer to the head.
Our highly experienced surgeons undergo Otoplasty in the UK to correct and reconstruct prominent ears and there are three main types of cosmetic ear surgery which can be used depending on the goals of the individual patient:
- Ear augmentation – this procedure is required if the pinna is underdeveloped or missing.
- Otopexy – this is commonly known as ear ‘pinning’ and the surgery helps to flatten protruding ears.
- Ear reduction– this surgery aims to reduce the pinna when it is too large.
RECOVERING FROM COSMETIC EAR SURGERY
It is normal to notice mild bruising for up to 2 weeks following your Pinnaplasty in London, and patients may also experience soreness and stiffness, particularly at night, which can last for up to a few months. Numbness to the ears and face may continue for several weeks after an Otoplasty in the UK procedure which is completely normal and will improve over time.
Following your cosmetic ear surgery, bandages will be placed over the ears which will be required for several days. During this time, patients will need to refrain from washing their hair while these bandages are in place. Once the bandages have been removed, patients usually continue to wear a supportive headband over their ears at night to aid the healing process of the Otoplasty in London.
Patients can usually return to work within a week of surgery and regular activities and exercise can resume within 2 weeks following the Otoplasty in the UK. However, activities that could cause injury to the ears should be avoided during the recovery period, including swimming which should be avoided for up to 8 weeks after surgery.
If you’d like any further information about Otoplasty in the UK or any of our other cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal, rhinoplasty or Drip and Chill, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Step by Step Otoplasty London
1 No Obligation Consultation
We offer a no obligation consultation with one of our expert Treatment Coordinators to talk about your concerns and goals and discuss your otoplasty treatment options. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the various ear surgery techniques.
2 Meet with our practitioners
We arrange for you to meet with your Surgeon before any treatment begins. This gives you an opportunity to discuss your treatment in more detail and express any concerns. Your Treatment Coordinator will then put your treatment and aftercare plan into place for optimal results. We also offer a 14 day cooling off period, should you change your mind about your ear surgery.
3 Before the Procedure
On the day of your ear surgery, your Surgeon will meet you in your private room to run through the procedure again and discuss any questions or concerns.
Your anaesthetist will then administer the anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and the procedure is pain free.
4 During the Procedure
During the procedure the doctor may remove ear cartilage through a small incision hidden behind the ear. They may also use stitches to hold your ears into a new position.
5 After the Procedure
Once the procedure is complete, you will need to wear bandages over the ears for several days.
Otoplasty London FAQs
1. How long will the results last for?
The results of otoplasty treatment are permanent, although revision surgery is sometimes considered if the patient feels the change is not as they expected.
How long will the procedure take?
An otoplasty London procedure typically takes about one to two hours to complete.
Will there be scarring or puffiness?
Our skilled surgeons take extra care to ensure that any incisions are made within the natural creases of the ear, to help keep scarring to a minimum.
Is the procedure safe? Will my hearing be affected?
This procedure does not have any impact on the internal structures of the ear, so your hearing will not be affected by otoplasty surgery.
How soon after the procedure will I notice a difference?
Immediately following otoplasty, your ears will be wrapped in surgical dressings to protect them and aid the healing process. After the dressings are removed, you will see an immediate difference in the ears, although you will not see the full results of the treatment until the bruising and swelling has reduced.
Is there anything I need to do in preperation for the procedure beforehand?
Your Treatment Coordinator will be able to advise you on how best to prepare for your otoplasty London surgery. Some things to consider before treatment are:
Smoking – your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.
Medication – there are some medications you will need to avoid. Your consultant will be able to advise on unsafe medications and discuss your medical history.
It is also advised that you make arrangements for someone to drive you home after your surgery.