Ear Pinning, also known as Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty, is a simple surgical procedure to correct ears that stick out or are in an unusual shape.
Prior to any Otoplasty or ear pinning procedure, a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential. During the consultation, your surgeon 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 your surgeon 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.
Otoplasty surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic and takes around one to two hours to complete. During this time you will be looked after by an experienced and caring medical team. Following surgery, you will be able to return home that day.
Generally speaking, Otoplasty surgery is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure. In some cases a general anaesthetic may be required. This will be discussed and confirmed at the consultation.
Otoplasty surgery is performed as a day case with no need for an 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. Following your ear pinning procedure, it is advisable to wear a headband 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 is 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 minutes
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