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Ear reshaping

Ear reshaping, ear pinning or otoplasty, is a procedure to correct prominent ‘sticking out’ ears. The surgery involves reshaping the cartilage to bring the ears closer to the patients’ head.

A large number of patients who seek ear reshaping procedures are children who are getting teased at school, but there are also a significant number of adults who seek ear reshaping surgery.


What does ear reshaping involve?

Ears normally stick out because a fold is missing in the cartilage of the ear (cartilage is the gristle in the middle of the ear which gives it its shape and support). Surgery is aimed at producing this missing fold and operation can be performed as a day case under general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic, if the patient is old enough to tolerate the local anaesthetic injections. In most cases a strip of skin is removed from the back of the ear to get access to the cartilage.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Typical ear reshaping patients

    You could be a candidate for ear reshaping surgery if you experience any of the following:

    • Your ears are prominent or protruding
    • You’re uncomfortable or embarrassed with the shape of your ears
    • Your ears aren’t in proportion with your head

    Preparing for your ear reshaping surgery

    Every patient will have undergone a full consultation with Paul so that patients are made fully aware and comfortable before entering into any surgery.

    The hospital where your operation is taking place will provide patients with full detailed written instructions on preparing for surgery

    If your ear reshaping procedure is performed under general anaesthetic you will not be prohibited to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the operation

    Recovery process

    The recovery process can be different depending on the patient.

    However, most patients will usually:

    • Have to wear a bandage for 10 days post-operation
    • Have some bruising and swelling to the ears for a couple of weeks
    • End up with a scar tucked in on the back of the ear

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