Prominent Ear Correction

Pinnaplasty or prominent ear correction (ear pinning) is a surgical procedure that re-shapes the cartilage and skin of the ear to improve the aesthetics of the ear.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for a pinnaplasty include men and women (or children whose ears are nearly fully grown (8+) and have sufficient maturity to understand the procedure) who are healthy and have prominent ears.

Who is not a Good Candidate?

Smokers, patients with multiple or untreated medical problems. Those who have been encouraged by others to change their appearance and those with unrealistic expectations should not have this surgery.

What to Expect at Consultation

At your initial consultation I will take a full medical history including all details of current and past illnesses, medications (prescribed or otherwise), lifestyle and past history of any previous surgery. We will discuss what it is that you do not like about your ears and what you are hoping to improve. It is important to be open and honest at this stage with regard to what troubles you and what your expectations are so that we have a shared vision of what you are hoping to achieve.

An example of prominent ear correction.

I will assess you clinically and take a number of measurements. It can be quite disconcerting to have someone stare at you face for a period of time but this is an important part of assessment so please bear with me! We will discuss what is and what is not possible for your individual anatomy and the potential outcomes, risks and complications of the surgery. I always see you a second time before proceeding to surgery to answer any questions that you may have.

Preparing for Pinnaplasty

You should be physically fit prior to embarking on facial plastic surgery. You should stop smoking at least 6 weeks ahead of surgery to reduce the risk of wound healing problems. You should stop aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and any non-prescribed medication at least a week before surgery. If there is any change in your health prior to your surgery date you should let me know. Your health and general well being are my primary concern when I am treating you therefore if you are unwell for any reason it may be necessary to postpone surgery.

What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

A pinnaplasty is usually done under local anaesthetic and takes 1-2 hours. The incision is made in the crease behind the ear. The skin is lifted off the ear from behind and the cartilage is reshaped with scoring, sutures or a combination of both. The skin is then re-draped over the ear, excess skin is trimmed and the wounds are closed with dissolving stitches. Dressings are then placed over the wounds and secured with a head bandage. You will be able to go home fairly shortly afterwards.

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