Ears that ‘stick out’ are most often a genetic condition that occurs from birth, but may also be caused by injury / trauma. It is considered to be the norm for ears to lie flat against the head, so when they do not, the ears can then become a noticeable feature that some consider to be unattractive.
A pinnaplasty procedure is used to help flatten the appearance of one or both of the ears, ‘pinning’ them back. At Chester Cosmetic Surgery this is a day case procedure that may be carried out using either a general or a local anaesthetic. This surgery is frequently carried out on children who often suffer the effects of others’ comments, but it is not uncommon for adults to also request the procedure.
Although each case is approached individually, the surgery typically involves Miss Breahna making a small cut behind the ear to allow her to place stitches that bring the ear closer to the head. As well as stitches, a head bandage will help to keep the repositioned ears in place while they heal, which may need to be worn for up to 6 weeks (everyday and night for 2 weeks, then just at night for a further 4 weeks).
The ears will need to be kept dry for around 1 week, and when you’re able to start washing your hair, you’ll need to use warm water and gentle products. Stitches are usually removed at a follow up appointment 7 – 10 days after the procedure, which is when you may be able to return to school / work.Book a Consultation
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Flatter looking ears
Flatter looking ears
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Frequently asked questions
Am I suitable for pinnaplasty?
Chester Cosmetic Surgery often considers patients for this procedure if they are unhappy with the appearance of particularly protruding ears. A thorough consultation will ensure you are fully informed on the details of the surgery, and what results to expect.
Is this procedure safe?
Pinnaplasty is a safe procedure for correcting the appearance of prominent ears. Miss Breahna takes great care of her patients and ensures she uses the most suitable approach and up to date surgical techniques.
Will this procedure hurt?
Pain and discomfort are to be expected with pinnaplasty. During the consultation we will discuss the most suitable anaesthetic to use to ensure you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. You may need to take oral pain relief for a few weeks after surgery to minimise any post-surgery discomfort.
Are there any side effects or risks?
Swelling and bruising will be the result of cutting into the skin and tissues. Whilst bruising will disappear after 7 – 10 days, swelling may take several weeks to subside, along with any sensitivity. Occasionally the stitches can loosen up and part of (or the entire ear) may need to be pinned back again.
When will I see the results?
Results are usually visible 3 months after the operation when the swelling has disappeared and the ears have settled into their new position. Scats are often hidden as incisions are made behind the ears, but may take up to 12 months to fully soften.
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