Ear Pinning, also known as Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty, is a simple surgical procedure to correct ears that stick out or are an unusual shape.
A detailed consultation with Plastic Surgeon Mr Nicholas Rhodes is essential prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. During the consultation, Mr Rhodes will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
Should Ear Pinning be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by Mr Rhodes in our newly refurbished operating theatre.
The ears are carefully assessed and marked by Mr Rhodes. After the anaesthetic is administered small cuts are made, hidden within the fold behind the ear and the cartilage re-shaped and/or reduced to achieve a more normal contour. The edges of the cuts are closed carefully with dissolvable stitches and dressings applied.
Surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic and takes around one to two hours to complete, during which time you will be looked after by or experienced and caring medical team. Following surgery you will be able to return home that day.
Generally speaking, surgery is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure. In some case a general anaesthetic may be required, this will be discussed and confirmed at consultation.
The surgery is performed as a day case with no need for overnight stay.
The dressings are worn for around 7-10 days and are then removed. The ears will initially look a little bruised and swollen but will soon settle. It is advisable to wear a head band to protect the ears during sleep and maintain position until the healing is well underway.
You should avoid getting the dressings wet for the first week after surgery and avoid vigorous exercise for three to four weeks.
Our medical team are available around the clock to offer advice and address any concerns.
Application of either local anaesthetic at the treatment site ensures total comfort for the duration of the procedure
60 - 120 mins
Following administration of the anaesthetic, small cuts are made hidden within the fold behind the ear. Cartilage is then re-shaped and/or reduced
Once post-operative swelling has subsided, patients should expect to see a more normal contour of the ears
Dressings should be kept dry for the first week after surgery. No vigorous exercise should be taken for three to four weeks
The new ear contour is achieved permanently