Otoplasty / Ear Pinning Correction
Protruding ears – typically those that lie at an angle greater than the ‘normal’ of 15 degrees from the head – can cause a lot of stress to children and adults alike.
Ear pinning correction is one of the most common and satisfying forms of aesthetic surgery, giving patients excellent results, a natural appearance and increased confidence.
What happens during Ear Pinning?
The surgeon makes a cut in the back of the ear and burrows through the cartilage under the front skin of the ear. Cuts will be made in the cartilage to allow a fold to be created. Cartilage is ‘springy’ so it is held in place with stitches. The back of the ear is stitched and a dressing of cotton wool is applied to cushion and splint the ear to the head.
The surgery is normally performed under local anaesthesia in adults. It is normally performed as a day case. Pain afterwards is moderate and can easily be controlled by oral medication.
What to do after you have undergone Otoplasty
For the first couple of days the ears will feel sore and the patient is advised to have plenty of rest. The dressing must remain for about ten days. The ears will be flat but bruised and red and should still be kept flat at night with a headband.
The scar is normally well hidden but can be pronounced in patients with a tendency to develop keloid scarring.
A collection of fluid under the skin may require drainage at a later stage. Infections are rarely seen. The ear may regain its original position due to the elasticity of the cartilage in 10-15% of cases.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
A natural appearance and increased self-confidence