Prominent Ears (also known as Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty)

Ears which stick out can make some people feel self-conscious and lack confidence. Otoplasty or pinnaplasty is an operation that enables the ear to lie closer to the side of the head, by adjusting the shape of the cartilage within the ear.

Surgery involves an incision behind the ear and the recreation of a fold in the cartilage to permanently bend the ear back. There are a variety of techniques and Mr Devaraj will decide on the most appropriate one.

Potential problems include swelling after surgery, some bleeding, over or under reduction, small palpable irregularities under the skin, numbness and some degree of drift back over time.


The operation and post-op information

The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case. Patients usually receive a single dose of antibiotics at the time of surgery. Stitches are usually dissolving and a small dressing applied for seven to nine days.

Most adult cases are performed under local anaesthetic, but with children, a general anaesthetic may be more appropriate. This procedure is also a day case.


Operating on children

Ear correction operations are generally not performed until a child reaches six years of age, as the ear does not reach adult size until then. Ear cartilage is softer in children and doesn't hold its shape so any changes will be ineffective.

Click here to read more about prominent ears on the BAPRAS website (scroll down to the section entitled 'Prominent Ears').