Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment for children and adults alike. The majority of patients that visit us for this procedure are children aged between four and fourteen. When dealing with children, it is critical to find a surgeon with paediatric experience who understands the delicate and growing nature of children’s facial features and can help alleviate any concerns.
For adults, there may be more associated anxiety because of the years of built up embarrassment. Thankfully, the surgery is relatively straightforward and recovery is usually short.
Your expectations need to be realistic. The procedure is used to improve the projection of the ears by pinning them back to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Whilst many of our patients are thrilled with the results of ear surgery, we cannot guarantee symmetry of both ears.
How Long the Procedure Takes
Routine ear surgery lasts approximately two hours. Most patients are mobile within a few hours and some choose to stay overnight in hospital, however this is not a requirement
Skin and cartilage are removed from behind the ears, following which they are then sculpted to bend back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape, with the incision marks cleverly concealed in the natural crease behind the ear. An alternative technique can be used so that no cartilage is removed; using stitches to fold the exposed cartilage back on itself, the ear can be reshaped. Again, the stitches are concealed in the natural crease behind the ear.
A full head bandage will be used to support your ears in their new position for seven to ten days. Your ears may throb a little for a few days, however this can be relieved with medication. Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.
The recovery time is fairly short for this procedure; most adults can go back to work around five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, however physical activity for children should be supervised*.
* Recovery rates vary from patient to patient.
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