Natural results with ear pinning surgery
Ear surgery at Me Clinic offers almost immediate results. Protruding ears can be permanently positioned closer to the head after initial healing and removal of sutures and dressings. The surgical scars will be hidden at the back of the ear or concealed within natural ear creases.
People choose to have otoplasty if they are self-conscious about their ears sticking out. The procedure can also be performed to correct misshapen ears caused by an injury or birth defect. Ear pinning can be performed once a person’s ears have reached their full size – usually from age five and into adulthood.
Benefits of an Otoplasty
Otoplasty can improve a person’s facial appearance and alleviate social anxiety. Benefits of otoplasty procedures include:
- Correction of prominent ears by positioning them closer to the head
- Increased self-confidence in social environments
- A natural symmetrical facial appearance
- Permanent treatment results
- A safe treatment with minimal risks and little downtime post-surgery
Find out if you are a candidate for an Otoplasty
Otoplasty is a very safe surgery that can assist by creating a balanced facial profile and by improving self-esteem. You might consider otoplasty if:
- One or both ears stick out too far from your head
- Your ears appear large and out of proportion to your head
- You are dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery and want it corrected
Ear pinning surgery is typically done on both ears to improve ear and facial symmetry. It won’t change the location of your ears or alter your hearing.
Preparing for ear surgery
The first step is to arrange a consultation with a Me Clinic cosmetic surgeon. During your first visit, your surgeon will work with you to ascertain your suitability for the procedure in several ways.
Review your medical history: You will be asked questions about any current and past medical conditions, especially any ear infections. You will also need to inform your surgeon about any medications you take and any previous ear surgeries you’ve had.
Take a physical exam: This will determine the best available treatment option for you. The doctor will examine your ears’ placement, size, and symmetry. The doctor may also take pictures of your ears to keep on record.
Discuss your expectations: The consultation is an opportunity to discuss your ear-pinning procedure goals and expectations.
The process of an otoplasty cosmetic procedure
You will likely need to avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements prior to ear correction surgery. You should also give up smoking as it can slow the healing process. Arrange with someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you during the first night of recovery.
Before otoplasty surgery
Otoplasty can be performed as an outpatient at a Me Clinic surgical facility. The procedure can usually be done with local anaesthesia. Otoplasty can be performed along with other cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery procedures such as ear lobe surgery, ear reshaping, eyelid surgery, neck lift, facelift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction under local or general anaesthesia.
During otoplasty surgery
Otoplasty techniques vary according to the kind of correction needed. The specific technique your surgeon chooses will determine the incisions required and the resulting scars. Incisions may be made on the back of your ears or within the inner creases of your ears.
After making the incisions, your Me Clinic surgeon might remove skin or excess cartilage. The cartilage will be folded into position and secured with internal stitches (sutures). Additional stitches are used to close the incisions. The ear pinning procedure typically takes about two hours.
Recovery and downtime post otoplasty
After otoplasty, your ears will be bandaged for protection and support. Your surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication to address any discomfort or itching you experience. Avoid rubbing the incision area and sleep on your back during recovery to avoid any pressure on your ears.
The bandages will be removed after a few days, and your ears will likely appear swollen and red for a few more days. Wear a loose headband while sleeping for a few weeks. You will be informed when you can resume regular bathing and physical activities.
Risks and side effects
Although otoplasty is considered a safe surgical procedure, there are risks that can include bleeding, infection, and adverse reaction to anaesthesia. In rare cases, there can be asymmetry in the ear placement caused by changes during the healing process. Some patients experience a temporary change in skin sensation around the operated area.
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You can register online using the consultation form for a personalised consultation with a highly-experienced Me Clinic surgeon. Alternatively, contact us using the handy online contact form with any questions about the otoplasty ear surgery procedure, or any other Me Clinic procedures. Check out before and after photos and success stories from real patients for more inspiration. Contact Me Clinic today to get your transformational journey started.