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Otoplasty Surgery: What to expect

Otoplasty surgery is an ear correction surgery which may also be called a Pinnaplasty. The surgical procedure involves reshaping the ear for patients who are unhappy their ear’s size, position, or appearance.

A lot of the time, ear correction surgery, especially for ears that are overly prominent from the head, is performed in childhood, also known as ear pinning surgery. It is not unusual for adults to consider this type of surgery at a later date however and we perform this type of procedure regularly.

Will I need anaesthetic for ear correction surgery?

Otoplasty surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic which means patients are awake during the procedure but will not be able to feel anything. A sedative is an option for patients who are feeling nervous about the procedure and in more complex cases a general anaesthetic may be required.

How long does an otoplasty take?

The procedure typically takes around 2 hours to perform but this will vary on a case-by-case basis as each patient’s surgery will be different depending on their desired outcome.

What is the scarring like after ear correction surgery?

Otoplasty surgery involves minimal scarring, the incisions are made within the natural creases and lines of the ear meaning that any post-operative scarring is usually undetectable. In cases where the cartilage of the ear has been reshaped may leave a thin white scar, but our surgeons are very experienced and will be able to discuss in more detail where your scars are likely to be, and how best to care for them post-op so that patients get the best results.

What is the recovery like following an otoplasty procedure?

For the first 24 hours patients will be required to wear a mild compressive garment around their head. The ears may appear or feel larger, but this is due to the swelling.

After 24 to 72 hours the initial compression bandages can be removed but patients will still be required to wear a light head band around the ears for 1-2 weeks. The majority of swelling should start to reduce during this time. Patients will also be able to shower/bathe from the neck down without any restrictions however hair washing should be avoided until at least 2 days after the procedure has taken place.

After 72 hours to 1-week patients feel happy to return to work at this point, but this will depend on the nature of your job role and any swelling that may still be present.

After 1-2 weeks the swelling should have subsided, and most patients will have returned to work and their usual activities. After the first week, patients will be able to shower or bathe as normal, including washing their hair and after two weeks patients will only need to wear the headband at night for another couple of weeks.

Two to Three Months after your procedure patients should be fully healed, and all swelling should be completely gone at this stage. Patients will have a follow up appointment with your surgeon where you will be able to discuss the results and if any further care needs to be taken, otherwise all activities including intense exercise will be fine to return too.

Ear Correction Surgery before and after results

Why choose The Private Clinic for ear correction surgery?

  • The Private Clinic are a multi-award-winning Cosmetic Surgery provider with over 35 years’ experience in Medical Cosmetic procedures and advanced non-surgical treatments.
  • They have world class ear specialist surgeons.
  • Consultations available in clinics nationwide in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Northampton.
  • They have one of the highest patients’ satisfaction rates, Trustpilot 9.4, 5-star rating and 96% of patients would recommend them to their friends and family.
  • Dedicated aftercare including a 24-hour helpline.
  • See their informative Otoplasty FAQs on their website.
  • View Otoplasty before and after photos on their website.

Otoplasty surgeons

Their Ear Correction Surgeons are all highly experienced in ear surgery with many practising ear reconstruction procedures within the NHS.

  • Mr Mark Lloyd, BM MRCS (Eng), MSc IM&T (Health), MPhil FRCS (Plast), ECFMG – GMC Number: 4425050
  • Mr Adel Fattah, FRCS (Plast.) GMC Number: 4764599
  • Mr Philip Lim, BSc (Hons), MB ChB, AFRCS (Ed), MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast) - GMC Number:4219068
  • Mr Dario Rochira, BS, MD - GMC Number: 6130664
  • Mr Kenneth Kok, MBChB MRCS MSc (Hons) FRCS(plast) - GMC Number: 4701147
  • Mr Mrinal Supriya, FRCS, (OTOL-HNS) - GMC Number: 6066458
  • Mr Michael Mouzakis, S.C.F in Plastic Surgery - GMC Number: 7237640
  • Mr Khurram Khan, MBBS, BSc, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Plast) – GMC Number: 6102778

Find out more about otoplasty ear correction surgery at The Private Clinic website, or call 0333 920 2471, or use their online contact form to request a call back.

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