Ear Correction Surgery (Pinnaplasty)
Do you find that the appearance of your ears is causing you to feel self-conscious? You may have thought about wanting to improve the size or shape of your ears but have been worried about the procedure. Our cosmetic consultants will answer any questions or worries you may have relating to ear correction surgery.
What is a pinnaplasty?
Otherwise known as ‘pinning back’ the ears, a pinnaplasty is a cosmetic surgery, carried out to alter the size and shape of the ear, or pin the ears back if they stick out. It can help achieve a more aesthetically appealing appearance, potentially boosting confidence levels.
The procedure involves making a small incision behind the ear to access the ear cartilage which is then shaped and pulled back by scraping cartilage and completed by stitching the ear into the desired shape and position.
The procedure usually takes approximately an hour, and depending on your circumstances, will be performed under a local or general anaesthetic.
Following this procedure, your ears may feel sore or numb. You will usually be permitted to return home the same day, but will need to wear a bandage, day and night, around your head, for the first week following surgery, to protect from infection, although you may want to continue wearing this for longer to help protect your ears whilst you sleep.
You may experience pain and discomfort, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate any symptoms. You need to avoid any activities where you come into contact with water or where your ears are put at risk of injury. By 12 weeks post-surgery, you should be fully recovered.
If you do have any worries, you should contact Baddow Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us directly on 01245 474 070.
What are the side effects?
- Risk of infection or bleeding – due to the nature of surgery, a risk of infection to the ear is possible, although this is usually avoided
- Scarring – due to the surgery, you will have scars behind your ears but these tend to settle down in time, until they are hardly visible
- Asymmetry – slight asymmetry to the placement of your ears may occur during healing but this is usually not noticeable. If you had pre-existing asymmetry before the surgery, the procedure may not correct this
- Post-procedure pain/aching – this is usually always minimal and can be helped by taking pain and anti-inflammatory medications, and using a special headband/bandage following the procedure
- Numbness/changes in sensation of skin – due to the surgery, the nerves in and around the ears must be regenerated which may result in a loss of feeling in the ears for a temporary amount of time (from a few days to several months)
Tribal Earlobe Corrective Surgery: What is it?
Tribal earlobe corrective surgery is the procedure to correct the ‘stretching’ of the ear. The piercing is performed by gradually placing a cone-shaped taper into the ear and pushing it through more and more each day or alternatively having a large sized tunnel placed into an ear piercing to deliberately stretch the piercing hole to accommodate for certain types of jewellery.
This type of surgery acts to correct the stretched earlobe, whether it has been stretched to a diameter of less than 1.5cm or more. You may require a larger procedure such as removing excess flesh to improve the shape of the earlobe or you may only require a few stitches.
Another procedure that you may require is surgery to fix a split earlobe. This may have occurred through tribal earlobe stretching or it may have occurred through the wear of normal stud or hoop earrings from either prolonged wear or a tear.
Whatever your requirements, our team of cosmetic consultants will be more than happy to talk you through your options, helping you to find the one that suits you best.
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