Ear correction surgery

Ear correction surgery is carried out for people who have prominent ears that stick out more than they would like. The procedure is called an otoplasty and is performed by Plastic Surgeons. In many cases the procedure is carried out on children, but there are many adults that come forward for otoplasty surgery, who for one reason or another, did not get the surgery as a child.

Ear correction surgery: The procedure

Ear correction surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. It is a day case procedure which means you will be able to go home on the same day.

During the surgery the Surgeon makes a cut behind the ear. Small pieces of cartilage are removed allowing the ears to be pinned back to a more acceptable position.

The operation itself takes around one hour. At the end of the procedure a head bandage will be applied to protect your ears when sleeping and to keep the ears flat to the head in the first few weeks.

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Ear correction surgery: After the procedure

Most patients will arrange to take around one week off work after this procedure. The bandage on your head that was applied at the hospital will need to remain for around one week. After this bandage has been removed you will need to wear a headband at night for several weeks more.

Upon discharge from the hospital you will be given a course of antibiotics and some pain relief medication. Your ears will feel sore for a few weeks and this is perfectly normal. Most patients tolerate the discomfort with the pain relief medication that is given.

It is important to avoid all strenuous activity, sporting activity including swimming etc for six weeks, or until the Surgeon advises you it is safe to do so.

It will take six to twelve months for the scar to fade. This is neatly hidden behind the ears.

Ear correction surgery: Risks and complications

Most patients who undergo ear correction surgery do so without any complications. Of course, all surgery carries risks and you should be aware of them. These include

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • pain and discomfort
  • asymmetry
  • recurrence
  • inflammation
  • poor wound healing

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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    Can I choose the anaesthetic ?

    Ear correction surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. You should discuss the most appropriate anaesthetic with your surgeon. If you choose a general anaesthetic then someone will need to come to the hospital to collect you.

    Can the ears protrude again ?

    One of the potential complications of ear correction surgery is that the ears may relax and protrude again. This is a very small risk which is mitigated by the bandage which you will have around the head when you leave hospital and the headband that you will wear in the following weeks at night. It is very important to wear the headband to avoid any recurrence.

    Is ear correction surgery painful ?

    Your ears will be sore at first and you may have some post-operative pain and discomfort. This is usually well controlled with the pain relief medication you are given to take home by the hospital

    Who performs ear correction surgery ?

    This procedure is usually performed by plastic surgeons with training in aesthetic surgery procedures such as otoplasty. It is important to choose your plastic surgeon wisely. Ask about their training , qualifications and experience. You can also visit the GMC website to check their status as a Doctor in the UK.

    Where is ear correction surgery performed ?

    The surgery is performed in an operating theatre in a care quality commission registered private hospital either in Harley Street in London or Preston , north of Manchester.

    Is ear correction surgery permanent ?

    The procedure is considered permanent. Providing yu follow the post-operative instructions there is every reason to expect lasting results.

    Can I get finance for otoplasty ?

    Yes, finance is available subject to status. You may borrow up to 100 % of the cost of the procedure with flexible payment terms. Ask our Patient Co-ordinators for more information about ways to pay for an otoplasty.

    Is otoplasty available on the NHS ?

    It is possible to have otoplasty on the national health service. Many patients choose a private option because they do not wish to wait for the procedure. If you wish to have ear correction surgery on the NHS, you will see to see your GP for a referral to the plastic surgery department or ENT department at your local hospital.

    What is the youngest age you accept patients for otoplasty ?

    You must be at least 18 years old to have otoplasty with us.

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