A large number of patients who seek ear reshaping procedures are children who are getting teased at school, but there are also a significant number of adults who seek ear reshaping surgery.
What does ear reshaping involve?
Ears normally stick out because a fold is missing in the cartilage of the ear (cartilage is the gristle in the middle of the ear which gives it its shape and support). Surgery is aimed at producing this missing fold and operation can be performed as a day case under general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic, if the patient is old enough to tolerate the local anaesthetic injections. In most cases a strip of skin is removed from the back of the ear to get access to the cartilage.
Frequently Asked Questions
You could be a candidate for ear reshaping surgery if you experience any of the following:
- Your ears are prominent or protruding
- You’re uncomfortable or embarrassed with the shape of your ears
- Your ears aren’t in proportion with your head
Every patient will have undergone a full consultation with Paul so that patients are made fully aware and comfortable before entering into any surgery.
The hospital where your operation is taking place will provide patients with full detailed written instructions on preparing for surgery
If your ear reshaping procedure is performed under general anaesthetic you will not be prohibited to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the operation
The recovery process can be different depending on the patient.
However, most patients will usually:
- Have to wear a bandage for 10 days post-operation
- Have some bruising and swelling to the ears for a couple of weeks
- End up with a scar tucked in on the back of the ear