Ear Correction

Improve your appearance, restore facial balance and self confidence

Ear correction surgery is also known as Otoplasty, Pinnaplasty or Ear Pinning. This popular procedure is fairly straightforward and inexpensive, and of course, the results are immediate. As the ear is fully developed by the age of 4, there are enormous benefits to carrying out this surgery at a younger age as this can greatly reduce childhood embarrassment and potential bullying. However, there are many who suffer the psychological distress of large or protruding ears well into adulthood.

My son had an otoplasty procedure.
Lovely staff, very professional service. Delighted we decided on this clinic. Highly recommended.

30 Aug 2016
(Results may differ from person to person)

About this treatment

Background to the procedure

The scars resulting from ear pinning are quite small and easily hidden by the crease where the ear meets the head. Ear pinning is an especially effective form of cosmetic surgery, and its low risk of side effects combined with the fact that it is among the more inexpensive cosmetic surgery procedures make ear pinning a popular choice for patients of all ages and sexes.

The procedure is quite straight forward and relatively inexpensive. It is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, however, it can be carried out under general anaesthetic if required.

The specific techniques for this procedure vary slightly, depending on the patient’s individual needs. All scars are extremely fine and very well hidden within the natural crease between the ear and the head. Patients can return home within an hour or two after their surgery.

What would I expect at the consultation?

All consultations are private one-on-one sessions with Dr. Salman that normally last 20-30 minutes. During that time, the patient and surgeon will discuss their expectations for the results of ear correction surgery The surgeon will also investigate the medical history of the surgery candidate, to ensure that the procedure is appropriate for the individual.

As part of the process, Dr. Salman will give you the opportunity to examine photographs of patients, so that you can see for yourself what to expect from the surgery. He will discuss with you expectations and the desired effect from surgery.

What is involved with ear correction surgery

The specific methods used in ear pinning can vary slightly based upon the patient’s needs and desired outcomes. Generally, ear pinning involves making an incision in the fold behind the ear, removing some skin and/or cartilage and pinning the ear with permanent sutures. In some cases, the surgeon performing the ear pinning will remove a sliver of cartilage from the ear and suture the gap shut, allowing it to fuse together closer to the head. This technique can also be used to perform an ear pinning that reduces the size of the ears in addition to repositioning them.

Most ear pinning procedures are performed under light sedation, or just local anaesthesia, although very small children may be given general anaesthesia to prevent fidgeting. Usually, an ear pinning takes around two hours to complete and the patient may return home immediately following surgery.

What is the recovery after ear correction surgery?

The recovery from an ear pinning is usually very simple. Patients will wear a dressing to mould and apply pressure to the ears. This dressing helps to ensure the optimal outcome of the ear pinning procedure, and it is critical that patients not touch the bandages or get them wet. Three to five days after the ear pinning, the patient will return to have the bandages removed. Occasionally, patients will experience stinging, throbbing or aching in their ears after an ear pinning. Any discomfort is usually easily alleviated through the prescribed pain medication.

What are the risks of complication?

All surgery, including cosmetic surgery, carries risks. Any potential complications will be discussed during consultation and you will be given a copy in writing.

Surgery & Aftercare

Patient care has always been at the forefront of everything we do, this is why we are a leading cosmetic surgery provider in Ireland. We believe that ‘aftercare’ is just as important a part of the entire cosmetic treatment procedure as the treatment itself. With Auralia, you can be rest assured that all your aftercare needs will be completely fulfilled, providing you the support you need for a fast and stress-free recovery.

Cosmetic surgery aftercare is a very crucial part of recovering correctly and the success of your surgery will depend on how well you look after yourself afterwards as advised by your surgeon. At Auralia our aftercare plan is individually tailored to each patient’s procedure and requirements in order that the quickest possible recovery is achieved.

We are proud to offer fully comprehensive and inclusive aftercare, so you can be reassured you will always be in the very best, experienced medical hands. At Auralia you are a patient for life. Once we meet you we will guide you throughout your surgical journey to a new you.

All your appointments with Auralia, from your initial consultation to treatment to your aftercare consultations, are carried out at our clinic in Park West, Dublin. We have state of the art operating facilities and a six-bedded recovery area, including two elevated needs beds, with a central nurse’s station, conducive to all your recuperation and recovery needs.

Our Irish based surgeon is contactable day and night – 24 hours a day – if you need him.

Our registered, professional and highly trained medical team are accessible at all times to advise you on your individual surgical needs, to explain exactly what the procedure entails and to assist you with any concerns you may have following your treatment. All patients receive three post operative consultations, however, if a patient feels they need more support and time to address any concerns, we can facilitate this without cost or question.

FAQs

Will having ear correction surgery affect my hearing?

Having ear correction surgery will not affect your hearing in any way.

Can children have ear correction surgery?

Ears are one of the first parts of the body to develop to full adult size and the ear is fully developed at the age of 4. So, as long as children are healthy and not prone to chronic ear infections, at least four years old and are cooperative, they might be able to undergo the otoplasty procedure.

How do I prepare for ear correction surgery?

2 weeks pre-operatively
Stop taking any aspirin or aspirin containing products as these may increase the risk of bleeding. Also any non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Brufen or Volterol such should be stopped, as should any Vitamin E tablets or multi vitamins containing vitamin E. Patients should stop smoking also.

1 week pre-operatively
It is advisable to take 1 gm vitamin C twice a day to improve wound healing.

The day of surgery
On the day of your surgery, wear a button-up shirt that does not need to be pulled on or off over your head.