Ear reshaping, also known as pinnaplasty, is a procedure to correct prominent or protruding ears. It can also be used to address asymmetry that may exist between the shape of the ears.
Ears can be considered prominent because of a umber of factors. Fistly, the whole ear can be rotated forward, secondly, there is a loss of the natural folding and thirdly the cup itself can be too deep.
It is important to remember that no one operation fits all and much of your consultation will be spent identifying the specific reason that your ears are too prominent. I will then formulate a specific plan to address the problem.
Often, treatment will require creation of a new fold. In others it will require setting the ear back closer to the head. In many cases both techniques are required. A small incision behind the ear in the crease allows for exposure of the ear cartilage, reshaping, and correction of these problems or any unevenness from side to side. The anatomy of the ear lends itself so beautifully to very meticulous and artistic surgery. That is because it is just skin over a cartilage framework.
Surgery on the ear is very well tolerated and it can be readily performed under local or general anaesthesia. All of the stitches are dissolvable, and you can return to work in as little as three days. You can return to some physical exercise within the second week.
A longitudinal split can develop in the earlobe, either where ear-rings have caught and become pulled or more slowly after the use of heavy ear-rings. In the latter case, there is often a slight softness in the tissue of the lobe which makes it more vulnerable to stretching. Surgery offers a more aesthetically pleasing ear, boosted confidence and occassionaly the ability to have your ears pierced again.
During the procedure, I will remove any skin lining the split to create a raw edge and will then stitch the ear back together. He will also place a small step in the scar to reduce the risk of scar contracture which could produce an unnnatural lifting of the lobe.
Earlobe Reduction Surgery
Where patients believe that their earlobes are just too big and are out of proportion with their facial features, it is possible to perform earlobe reduction surgery.
In this procedure, an incision is made just behind the earlobe and excess skin is removed.
Prominent ear correction surgery generally takes 1-2 hours and can be performed either under local or general anaesthetic. It doesn’t usually require an overnight stay in hospital. If you are having a general anaesthetic then you will not be able to eat or drink for six hours before surgery.
- You shouldn’t need to stay in hospital for more than one night
- You should be able to return to school or work in less than a week
- You will wear a head bandage for one week.
- You will usually be able to return to full activity (including non-contact sports) in around two weeks.
- You will usually be able to drive again after a couple of days
Earlobe surgery is a much more minor procedure and you should be able to to return to work immediately. There will be stitches to be removed after one week.