Is it time for pinnaplasty?

If you’ve got prominent ears, and you want to do something about them, maybe 2018 is the year when you go for a completely new look. In most cases, the reason for prominent ears is the lack of a ‘fold’ at the back of the ear that usually keeps them pinned to the sides of the head. Luckily, cosmetic surgery can remedy that.

What does pinnaplasty surgery involve?

The technical names of corrective ear surgery are ‘pinnaplasty’ and ‘otoplasty’, but they pretty much amount to the same thing – a cosmetic surgery procedure which adjusts the cartilage within the ear in order (by cutting behind the ear to get at the cartilage) to create a new fold that will pull the ears closer to the head (by removing small piece of cartilage if needs be, and scoring and stitching the remaining cartilage into the right shape and position).

How long does a pinnaplasty surgery take?

A typical procedure can take anything between one and two hours. If a 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 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 on the head during this time. There may also be some slight bruising, which will last for a couple of weeks. Any slight pain or discomfort you may feed during the recovery period 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.

For more information, please consult Buckinghamshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh’s page on prominent ear correction.

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