Otoplasty, means to mould the ear. In the commonest use of this term it refers to pinning back Prominent Ears. There can be Non-Surgical, Minimal Surgical and Surgical Approaches, with the non-surgical approach really suitable in the first year of life.
The non-surgical approach, relies on reducing the prominent ears, by moulding and splitting the ears in early infancy (before 1 year of age) using Ear Buddies™ splints. These splints need to be worn continuously for 2 – 24 weeks (depending on the age at which the treatment is begun).
This is a minimally invasive treatment, that can take place under local anaesthesia, using an implant that is inserted under the skin of the ear. The implant has a curved shape that allows it to permanently pull the ear back into a better, less prominent position.
The human ear generally reaches its full size by the age of 5 years, this is the reason why Otoplasty or Ear Pinning surgery for kids is generally offered between 5 – 7 years of age. Adult patients also request ear reshaping, for cosmetic reasons, especially if they have faced bullying or social stigmatization related to the prominence of their ears. The prominent ears can lead them to appear large in proportion to the head.
The surgery can be done under local or general anesthesia, and involves making a cut on the skin behind your ears. Thereafter the cartilage is weakened and then bent and kept in the desired shape using non-absorbable sutures; the skin is then stitched and a dressing is given. You will have a bandage that will be on your head to keep the operative site secure. This head dressing will be in place for 7 – 10 days after which it will be removed.
You can see the results of the EarFold procedure straight away; with the proper surgical procedure you will have to wait till the dressing comes off.
No, an ear pinning or Pinnaplasty procedure will not affect your hearing. As with all surgeries, there are infrequent risks like infection, bruising, swelling. The scars generally settle back very well, but sometimes can give rise to unsightly raised or hypertrophic scars. While the surgeon will make all attempts to getting both sides symmetrical, there might be residual asytmmetries that might need corrections.
The NHS will generally not offer this cosmetic procedure in adults, however in the instances were a child is facing bullying and is in significant emotional distress, some NHS centres will offer them this surgery.
* All prices quoted apply to surgery done at World Class clinic in Mumbai, India and are subject to variation based on prevalent exchange rates.
How much does ear correction surgery or Otoplasty cost?
The cost of Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty can vary with the Cardiff, UK average ranging from £3500 - £5000.
What is the cost of EarFold Prominent Ear Correction?
The cost of this surgery relates to how many of the corrective EarFold Implants you will need on your ear, and can range from £1500 - £2800 depending on if it is one or both ears, that need correction.
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