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Otoplasty in London

Otoplasty is an ear restructuring surgery otherwise known as ‘ear pinning’. The surgical procedure repositions protruding ears to a more aesthetically pleasing position. The operation can also restructure large, asymmetric, deformed ears (congenital or injury related), or torn/ripped earlobes. The procedure is a fast and efficient procedure, generally only taking one to two hours.

Is an otoplasty necessary?

Protruding ears can be genetic, but they can also be caused by underdeveloped or overdeveloped cartilage.

What does the procedure involve?

During your consultation, we will discuss how the ears can be improved aesthetically. It is vital that your expectations are realistic. While we will strive to achieve your ultimate aesthetic goal, genetic limitations may mean it might not be possible to achieve perfect symmetry. We’ll provide you with a greater understanding of the results and the operational process, and you’ll be able to view before and after photos of previous patient’s surgeries to gain a greater insight into the results you can expect to achieve.

The operation doesn’t require an overnight stay and can be performed in our clinic under local anaesthetic. A general Otoplasty involves a small incision is made behind the ear to expose the cartilage. This incision type means that the scar is concealed well within the natural crease behind the ear.

The ears are then repositioned and reshaped by moving small pieces of cartilage. Some cartilage may be removed depending on the goals of the surgery. Finally, the remaining ear structure is stitched to the desired shape and position closer to the head.

For torn earlobe repair, the widened area or hole is removed and restitched with sutures. These sutures will dissolve over time.

Who is the procedure suitable for?

The ears are one of the first features of the body to grow to their full size, and so if it’s possible to have an otoplasty procedure when the child is young and if they’re already expressing concern about their appearance, they may be able to avoid further anxieties about their appearance later down the line. Opting for the surgery at a younger age will allow the small scars to fade over time.

There are many techniques and approaches to ear surgery, depending on the aesthetic concerns. Sometimes this involves asymmetry or deformity of the ear, such as the ‘cauliflower ear’ – this condition often occurs as a result of contact sports like rugby or boxing and refers to a build-up of fibrous tissue that deforms the ear, resembling a ‘cauliflower’.

Ear restructuring surgery such as ‘torn earlobe repair’ is beneficial for those who have enlarged ear piercing holes which have stretched the earlobes due to wearing heavy earrings or have been torn due to some form of trauma.

When can results be seen?

The results of your surgery will be immediate, but final results are visible after around three months to a year. Complete healing varies from patient to patient. The results of your otoplasty procedure will be permanent.

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How long is recovery?

You may experience soreness and a throbbing sensation for the first few days after the Otoplasty procedure. However, this can be relieved with pain relief medication.

You will be required to wear a full head bandage to support your ears in their new position for seven to ten days.

It’s advised that you avoid physical or high impact sports for at least three months after your surgery, and swimming for up to two months after surgery.

The overall recovery time is relatively short for this procedure (though it varies from patient to patient). Most adults can return to work within around five days after surgery. Children can return to school after seven days or so. However, physical activity for children should be supervised.

For torn earlobe repair, scarring may be more visible, but will gradually fade. The ears should appear almost entirely resolved within around six months, though this varies from patient to patient. Ears can be re-pierced two months after the operation has taken place, providing they have healed well.

Side effects and risks

You may experience mild bruising and swelling for around two weeks. Numbness can also persist for several weeks.

Discomfort, soreness and a stiff sensation can last for several months.

If your procedure involves torn earlobe repair, you may also experience bleeding, infection, depression of the surgical area, and scarring at the incision site.

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