Introduction to Ear Reshaping/Ear Pinning
Ear pinning surgery involves reshaping the cartilage to achieve a more natural ear shape. Some patients feel very self conscious about the shape and size of their ears and this can often get in the way of their daily life and even reduce confidence and self esteem. Ear pinning is the ideal surgery to remedy this problem and can restore a natural shape and appearance to the entire area, delivering noticeable results. Before making a decision, we will invite you to visit us and meet with one of our highly qualified consultant plastic surgeons so we can draw up a treatment plan that is right for you.
Ear reshaping can be carried out by traditional pinnaplasty or by the use of the EarFold® method, where the patient can design the shape of their ear in advance of surgery, using the pre-fold clips. EarFold® is fast becoming the preferred method of prominent ear correction.
Who is suitable?
Most of our patients come to us as they are unhappy about the shape and prominence of their ears. In some cases patients have asymmetrical ears and would like a greater degree of symmetry to achieve a more natural look. At Sthetix, our ear pinning surgery can reshape and sculpt the ear to significantly transform your appearance.
The procedure and risks
The operation usually takes one hour, is performed either under local anaesthetic with sedation or general anaesthetic and is usually a day case or requires an overnight stay. During the procedure, the surgeon will operate on the back surface of the ear and make incisions along the crease line behind the ear in order to reach the cartilage. The cartilage will then be reshaped as desired or in some cases, a small amount will be removed if needed. After this, the skin is closed back over the reshaped cartilage and stitches are used to close up the incision.
In the case of EarFold®, the surgery can be as short as 30 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic.
As with all surgeries, there are potential risks involved and they include: bleeding, haematoma, infection, skin loss, asymmetry and keloid scars (scars that grow lumpy or larger than the wound).
Your wellbeing is our number one priority and so we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions (you will be asked to sleep with your head raised on some extra pillows for a few days after surgery) and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff who will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well (it usually takes 2-4 weeks to recover and heal from this procedure).
1 week after surgery, one of our trained staff will see you and check your wounds. If you have stitches that need to be removed then we will usually do this and remove the bandage around your head when we see you after one week. Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and again after that until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll immediately make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After performing the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will ensure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
Will I have scars?
Yes, the scars will appear along the crease line and behind the ear where the incision is made.
When can I return to work?
Most patients find that they can return to work within 1-2 weeks after their surgery.
When can I exercise?
We recommend gentle exercise when you feel ready but avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks after the surgery. Please speak to your surgeon for more accurate time frames.