Ear Correction (pinnaplasty)
If you have suffered from confidence issues as a result of large or protruding ears, ear correction is the perfect solution to make you feel good, both inside and out.
Why You Might Need Ear Correction
Protruding or imbalanced ears, or ears that are out of proportion with other facial features can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Ear correction offers clear and very rewarding results.
What Does Ear Correction Involve?
The operation is quick and can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. Small incisions will be made in the natural crease behind the ear, through which your consultant surgeon will reshape or remove the cartilage. The ear is then stitched back into place in your preferred position.
Some complications can include unsightly scarring in and around the ear, as well as pain, bleeding, and infection.
You will be able to go home on the same day of your operation, at which point you will be given a follow-up appointment with your consultant and the dressing clinic, for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed. You will need to stay at home for a week to recover and heal comfortably, avoiding any strenuous work or activity for at least four weeks.
It will be necessary to wear bandages around your ears for a week after surgery, and smaller bandages for a few weeks after that. This will ensure the natural healing process happens as quickly and effectively as possible.
For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice.
This article was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Paul Banwell BSc MB BS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Plast) Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.
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If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.
- What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
- Have I considered all the options?
- Can surgery give me the results I want?
- Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
- Is now the right time?
Having surgery is a big decision
Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.
Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.
Having surgery is a big decision
Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery
Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.
We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.