Otoplasty (Ear surgery)
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Whatever your age, prominent and protruding ears can be distressing. Although the ear is designed to stick out at an angle of about 20 to 35 degrees, in a small number of people the angle may be greater than 35 degrees, resulting in protruding ears. About 1% of people in the UK think that their ears stick out too much*, so ear surgery (called otoplasty, pinnaplasty or ear pinning) is routine in patients of all ages. *Source: NHS
Why choose Canova Medical for your otoplasty in Manchester?
- Highly experienced team: The Canova Medical team is skilled, qualified and experienced – you can meet the team here.
- Pre-treatment Consultation: In order for our Surgeon to give you the results you need, he will take the time to get to know you and discuss what kind of results you can expect. This takes place at a one-hour treatment consultation; the entire appointment will be with the Surgeon who will be performing your otoplasty. Read more about the Consultation.
- Enjoy VIP discretion: You’ll never see another patient at Canova Medical, so your ear surgery will be in utter confidence.
Your otoplasty questions answered…
Here’s some information to help you decide if otoplasty is right for you, though this will be covered in far more detail at your Consultation.
If you have any other questions, please do contact us: our friendly team is here to help guide you.
Are there different techniques for ear pinning?
Otoplasty, ear pinning, pinning back the ears and pinnaplasty all refer to the surgical procedure where the cartilage is removed or remodelled to position the ear closer to the head. The terms otoplasty, ear pinning, pinning back the ears and pinnaplasty are interchangeable, and Canova Medical can provide you with this ear surgery.
Ear splinting is a different procedure that is often used for babies under six months of age. It involves resetting the soft cartilage and using a splint to keep the ear in the new position. Please note that Canova Medical does not offer this treatment.
What can I expect at the Consultation?
As well as understanding exactly how you want your ears to look, your Surgeon will assess your overall physical health. Any medical conditions will be discussed and evaluated, to ensure that you are a good candidate for otoplasty.
What’s the youngest age otoplasty will be performed on?
At Canova Medical, we only perform surgery on people aged 18 years and older.
Who performs the ear pinning surgery?
Mr Maurizio Persico (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) performs the ear surgery consultations at our Manchester clinic. You can read about Mr Persico here.
Where does the ear surgery take place?
Your Consultations will take place at our Manchester clinic, where the ambience is elegant yet relaxed. For the maximum in discretion you will never see another patient.
The surgery itself will be carried out a local private hospital. You’ll be given full details at your Consultation.
How do I prepare for the otoplasty?
You will be fully informed about what you can eat and drink before the procedure, and any precautions regarding medications and smoking.
These are guidelines that you should follow to help ensure that your surgery will go smoothly and without any complications.
What happens during the otoplasty ear surgery?
Ear cosmetic surgery, or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure that sets prominent ears back closer to the head or reduces the size of large ears.
The Surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. He then sculpts the cartilage and bends it back toward the head. Occasionally, the surgeon will remove a small piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold when the surgery is complete. Permanent stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape.
Sometimes your Surgeon may use another technique that involves a similar incision in the back of the ear. The skin is removed and permanent stitches are used to fold the cartilage back on itself to reshape the ear without removing cartilage.
Even when only one ear appears to protrude, this kind of cosmetic surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance.
In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. The ear surgery usually takes about two hours.
What happens after the ear pinning surgery? And how long is the recover time?
The patient’s head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved by medication.
Within a few days, a lighter head dressing similar to a headband, will replace the bulky bandages. Be sure to follow your Surgeon’s directions for wearing this dressing, especially at night.
Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about ten days.
Any activity in which the ear might be bent — such as contact sports — should be avoided for approximately two months.
Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery.
What sort of results can I expect from the otoplasty?
Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear cosmetic surgery. But do keep in mind that the goal is improvement, not perfection. Don’t expect both ears to match perfectly: perfect symmetry is both unlikely and unnatural in ears.
You will have discussed the procedure with your Surgeon before the operation, and he will have discussed with you what kind of results you can expect.
You are bound to enjoy the look and feeling of having normal, neat ears for the first time!
What if I have any other questions?
Please contact the friendly team at Canova Medical – we’d be delighted to help you and answer any questions you may have.
What’s the next step?
The next step to getting the sleek, flat ears you’ve always wanted is to arrange a Consultation. This will last for one hour and will be with the Surgeon who’ll be performing your otoplasty procedure. He will take the time to get to know you and your desired outcomes; obtain your medical history; and make recommendations based on your specific situation. There is a one-off £120 Consultation fee for surgical treatments.
Why is there a Consultation fee?
It is normal for medical specialists to charge a fee for their time; those that do not charge a fee use the Consultation as a promotion. So when you have a Consultation at Canova Medical cosmetic surgery clinic in Manchester, Cheshire, you will receive our professional, medical opinion, as you would expect from a medical specialist.
The Consultation fee is a one-off charge: there are no further Consultation fees, neither for your follow-up review appointments, nor for any other treatments you may consider in future. Once you’ve seen us, you’ll be part of the Canova family.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
When you pay for a Consultation, you want to make sure that you get value for money. And for us, that means that the Surgeon gives you detailed and personalised advice based on your own, unique needs. (Whereas at other Clinics, you may receive a sales pitch from a Patient Coordinator with no medical training.) At Canova Medical, many patients find the Consultation so in-depth that they take notes, as there’s so much good advice on offer.
However, you’ll receive a refund (without you needing to ask for it) if you are not a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. This way you can try Canova Medical risk-free to see if we’re right for you.