If you spend time looking in the mirror and think about having ears that no longer stick out, or even push them back to see what they’d look like, then you’re likely embarrassed by their appearance.

Being embarrassed by a certain part of your body can be disheartening, but it is especially true if it is part of your face. It can have long-term psychological effects such as low self-esteem and feelings of self-consciousness.

Ear correction procedures are one way of gaining a bit of self-confidence back, as they can change your ears to that they are something to be proud of, rather than embarrassed by. Day-case surgery at The Edinburgh Clinic;

  • Pin the ears back, so they don’t stick out
  • Correct and reshape ears after an injury (day-case only)
  • Reconstruct the ears if they are misshapen because of a deformity (day-case only)

Both otoplasty and pinnaplasty are cosmetic operations that reduce the size or prominence of the ears. They are some of the oldest and most common cosmetic procedures around and can help you regain some self-confidence. With these procedures you will no longer need to hide your ears or shy-away from jewellery that draws attention to them.


What does ear surgery entail?

Your surgeon will talk you through every step of your specific procedure before the operation begins; this way you will know exactly what to expect during the procedure. The surgeon will help give you a personalised breakdown of the best way to achieve the results you desire.

The operation itself will take place under either general or local anaesthetic. A small incision will be made where the ear joins the head, with cartilage and skin being removed or reshaped depending on the desired final outcome. Fine stitches will be used to keep the ear in position after the surgery.

What is the recovery time?

Bandages will need to be worn on the ears for 1-2 weeks after the surgery, as this will help the ears heal and also support them in their new position. Patients tend to return to work once the bandages have been removed, but it is advisable that any activity – sporting, for example – where the ears may be moved about or pushed forward be left for around 6 months.

Does Otoplasty leave scars?

There will be a scar from the incision, but as it is hidden behind the ear it will not be visible. Using Bio-oil or vitamin E oil will help to reduce the appearance of scars, but they will usually fade to be the same colour as the skin naturally over time.

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