Want to know about pinnaplasty? Pin back your lugholes…

If you’ve got prominent ears, the most common reason is the lack of a ‘fold’ at the back of the ear which usually keeps them tucked back to the sides of the head. The good news is that a simple cosmetic procedure can put them right.

The technical names of corrective ear surgery are ‘pinnaplasty’ and ‘otoplasty’, but they pretty much do the same thing: adjust the cartilage within the ear in order to create a new fold which pulls the ears closer to the head. Sometimes, a small piece of cartilage may need removing. In other instances, scoring and stitching the remaining cartilage into the right shape and position will do the tricks. It’s horses for courses.

It is often performed on children and young teenagers if their ears are particularly prominent or it’s causing them a great deal of distress. However, many adults often find their self-confidence will be greatly boosted by undergoing a pinnaplasty procedure.

How long does a pinnaplasty surgery take?

A typical procedure can take anything between one and two hours. If local anaesthetic is used – and it usually is – a standard procedure is a walk-in, walk-out affair.

What happens after a pinnaplasty procedure?

The immediate effects of a pinnaplasty procedure will be a numb or tender feeling behind the ears, with a possible light tingling sensation which could last for a few weeks. You won’t be able to wash your hair for the first few days and may be required to wear a bandage around the head during this time. There may also be some slight bruising, which will last for a couple of weeks post-surgery.

Any slight pain or discomfort you may feed during the recovery period after a pinnaplasty procedure can be overcome with over-the-counter painkillers, however, and you’ll be sufficiently presentable to resume your day-to-day duties after a week or two.

If you’re looking to do something about the prominence of your ears, and want to be taken care of by experienced experts, please consult our prominent ear correction page.

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