If you don’t want to stand out, try pinnaplasty

If you feel your ears are sticking out more than you’d like them to, there’s a reason for that. The main cause for prominent ears is the lack of a ‘fold’ at the back of the ear that would normally keep them pinned back to the sides of the head. If you’re missing that fold, cosmetic surgery can remedy that.

What does prominent ear surgery involve?

We often use the terms ‘pinnaplasty’ and ‘otoplasty’, but they pretty much amount to the same thing: an adjustment of the cartilage within the ear, which involves cutting behind the ear to get at the cartilage, in order to create a new fold which pulls the ears closer to the head. This usually involves the removal of a small piece of cartilage, and scoring and stitching the remaining cartilage into the right shape and position.

How long does a prominent ear surgery procedure 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 prominent ear surgery procedure?

The immediate effects will be a numb or tender feeling behind the ears – with the chance of a possible light tingling sensation, which could last for a few weeks. You may be required to wear a bandage around the head during this time, and you won’t be able to wash your hair for the first few days.

There may also be some slight bruising, which will last for a couple of weeks – however, any slight pain or discomfort you may feel during the recovery period can be treated with painkillers. After a week or two, you’ll be able to return to work.

For more information, please consult our prominent ear correction page.

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