What is otoplasty/innaplasty?
Classical otoplasty is the pinning back of over-projected ears. Patients with over-projected ears often feel their ears stick out too far, and can cause a lack of confidence. Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes a section of cartilage from the back of the ear to pull the ears back towards the head. This creates a permanent result.
What are the benefits of otoplasty/pinnaplasty?
There are many benefits to ear pinning surgery. These include:
- Increased self-confidence
- Permanent results
- The procedure is safe and produces highly effective results
- Minimal recovery time
- Procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic for a minimal stay in the hospital
How is an otoplasty/pinnaplasty performed?
A small incision is made to the conical section of the back of the ear. The required amount of cartilage is taken away, and the ear is stitched back to a less projected position. Stitches are often dissolvable and will not need to be removed. The procedure takes around 30 -40 minutes to perform and can be under a local or general anaesthetic.
How long is the recovery after otoplasty/pinnaplasty?
Patients will be allowed home the same day of the procedure. A bandage is worn around the head for 5 – 7 days following surgery to keep the ears in place whilst they heal. There is minimal discomfort following the procedure, and paracetamol can control any pain. After 5-7 days, the bandages are removed, and patients can be asked to wear a simple compression/sports headband at night for a few weeks.