Facial Plastic Surgery Centre

Facial Plastic Surgeryhead and neck surgery

PINNAPLASTY OR OTOPLASTY (PROMINENT EAR CORRECTION)

The appearance of the ears plays a significant role in one’s confidence and ear reshaping can change the overall appearance of the face.

This surgery is well known for boosting confidence and can be of immense benefits to those self-conscious of the size and/or shape of their ears.

Ear Reconstruction

PINNAPLASTY OR OTOPLASTY

  • Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the ears. This can reshape, reposition or resize the ears. The most common reason for seeking otoplasty is often the appearance of the ears sticking out too far on the sides of the head or appearing disproportionate to the head.
  • Ear prominence is often either due to a poor developed anti-helical fold or excess overgrowth and enlargement of the conchal cartilage, although most often, this is due to a combination of both anomalies.
  • Another common reason for patients seeking otoplasty is asymmetry of the ears. Here the treatment can be unilateral. Many patients with ear asymmetry, however, demonstrate other features of facial asymmetry and treatment should aim at improving the overall facial symmetry, and achieving a balanced and natural look.
  • There are different surgical techniques to correct ear prominence. Some involve reshaping the ear cartilage or in some cases excising the excess cartilage and or using sutures to reshape the ears.

Mr Mattine prefers a combined technique that is known to minimise long-term recurrence and yet give the most natural looking results.

TORN/SPLIT OR STRETCHED EAR LOBES
  • Tearing or split in the earlobes or widening of the lobes after piercings can be repaired in a much less involved procedure under local anaesthesia.
  • Once healed, the ear can be pierced again as desired.
CANDIDATES FOR OTOPLASTY
  • Anyone self-conscious about the shape or size of their ears.
  • Patients with history of previous trauma.
  • Ear deformity following cancer resection.
  • Ear asymmetry.
SOME FACTS ABOUT OTOPLASTY
  • Surgery often takes about an hour and can be performed under general or local anaesthesia.
  • Surgery is not known to be painful and recovery usually takes about a week.
  • Typically performed once the ears have completed their development, usually around 6 years of age.
  • Early treatment helps self-confidence before the child start school.
  • Early treatment through ear moulding in a new-born may prevent the need for surgical correction when older.
  • Results are usually life long, although a10% recurrence has been reported.
  • Surgery is most often day case, however some patient may choose to stay overnight.
  • The results are permanent and immediate.

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