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Otoplasty / ear pinning procedure

Otoplasty / ear pinning procedure

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Information about our Otoplasy / ear pinning surgery
 
What is an Otoplasy / ear pinning procedure?
When an ear is noted to be prominent within the first few weeks of life, it is possible to reshape it by applying a small splint to the rim. The cartilage or gristle of a new-born babies’ ear is very floppy and easily remoulded and after several weeks of splintage a permanent correction can be achieved. The older the child, the stiffer the cartilage and the longer the period of splintage must be. By the age of six months the cartilage is too hard to be remoulded and a surgical solution is required.

Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty is an operation which adjusts the shape of the cartilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head. Because the operation is carried out from behind the ears, a small scar is left close to the groove between the ear and the side of the head. The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic, but in young children a general anaesthetic is usually required. Where the lobe of the ear is especially large, a small procedure to reduce its size may also be required.

Why have an Otoplasy / ear pinning procedure?
Many people consider their ears to be too
prominent. In many cases the shape and lie of the ears is inherited, and a family trend can be seen. The most prominent ears often lack a normal fold, and sometimes one ear is more prominent than the other. People with prominent ears are sometimes teased, particularly during their school years, and this can lead to a loss of self-confidence.

How is the surgery performed?
Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). Incisions for otoplasty are generally made on the back surface of the ear.

When incisions are necessary on the front of the ear, they are made within its folds to hide them. Internal, nonremovable sutures are used to create and secure the newly shaped cartilage in place.
External stitches close the incision. Techniques are individualized, taking care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural "pinned back" appearance.

Quick facts table

Procedure Otoplasy / ear pinning procedure
Duration of the operation: Up to 2 hours
Stay: Minimum of 4 days in our recovery house
Anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
Recovery: Normally up to 7 days to return to work
Exercise: Normally a minimum of 4 weeks after your operation
Pain: Post-operative pain should be mild but of course depends on the patient
Results timeframe: You will see close to results once swelling goes down after the operation.
Popular Combinations: Most people combine with a nose job or other facial surgeries such as facelift, eyelid/eyebrow surgery, forehead lift as well as any of our supplementary dental, Botox or filler treatments.

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