Men and women can suffer from large or protruding ears, or split or misshapen earlobes. These features can cause embarrassment and ridicule, damaging confidence and self-esteem. Ear correction is suitable for men and women from their late teens upwards.
Ear correction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that tackles these confidence issues by removing or reshaping the cartilage that makes up your ears, or pinning them back if the current shape means they stick out.
As well as ear pinning, we also offer our patients Earfold®. Earfold® treatment repositions prominent ears by fitting an ear fold implant as part of a minor procedure. The treatment is done under local anaesthetic so little pain and discomfort is experienced by the patient. The small surgical implant is just 5mm wide and 15mm long and is not visible under the skin.
The end result of a changing position and shape, so the ear sits at a less-protruding angle, is similar to that of traditional ear pinning. However Earfold® is a much faster more technologically advanced procedure, meaning the treatment is arguably the most advanced procedure available on the market today.
You will know well in advance which ear correction method your surgeon will use – whether the surgeon will pin your ears back or be removing cartilage. Usually this will involve making incisions behind your ears and then removing and/or reshaping the cartilage, so any scars will be hidden.
Large ear lobes are reduced by removing a wedge of flesh, reshaping the cartilage that remains and re-stitching the skin. This is a relatively simple procedure performed under local or general anaesthetic. The procedure takes around one hour to perform.*
Most patients leave the hospital within a few hours of surgery. Post-surgery your ears are likely to be sore, swollen and bruised to begin with and the area will be bandaged. You will need to wear this ‘full’ bandage for about a week.