Ear pinning, also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty, is a procedure that makes ears less prominent; it is a very common surgery that has been performed for decades. In contrast, the demand for earlobe repair surgery has risen significantly in recent years as people seek to correct the effects of accidents or ear stretching through another simple surgical procedure.
Why choose cosmetic ear surgery?
Our ears are prominent features and if you’re unhappy with how yours look it can make you self-conscious and make a real impact on your confidence, even affecting the way you style your hair. Ear pinning corrects protruding ears, making you feel more comfortable and confident. If your earlobes have split due to an accident or have been stretched to accommodate jewellery in the past, earlobe surgery can help return your lobes to a more natural shape, even if you have lobes with large creases or wrinkles.Back to face Surgery
What can ear pinning achieve?
- Make ears appear less prominent
- Restore confidence and comfort
What can earlobe repair achieve?
- Repair tears and splits in the lobe
- Improve the appearance of stretched earlobes
- Correct elongated piercings
Is there an ear surgery alternative?
Cosmetic ear procedures such as pinning and earlobe repair are relatively quick and simple. Dr Cotrufo will be able to discuss which surgery if any is best suited to your needs and guide you through any other options available during your consultation.
What to expect before earlobe repair surgery
As your surgery approaches it is likely that you will be asked to make some small changes and in particular to avoid certain activities and medications.
During you consultation you will:
- Talk about the reasons you are considering ear reshaping surgery
- Speak with Dr Cotrufo and learn more about the relevant procedure
- Have a full health evaluation
- Discuss the care you can expect to receive before, during and after your ear procedure
- Undergo an assessment of the ear area
- Discuss the options open to you
- Talk about costs and timescales
As your procedure approaches, you may be asked to make small alterations to your lifestyle or to avoid particular activities and medications, this is to ensure you are in the best possible health for surgery.
This may include:
- Taking medical tests including blood tests
- Stopping smoking
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Avoiding sun overexposure, particular to the ear area
- Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
If you choose to undergo a general anaesthetic you will need to follow fasting instructions.
The ear pinning procedure
- Ear pinning usually takes around 1 hour
- Some cartilage and skin are usually removed to allow the ears to be repositioned
- The ears are sculpted back and secured with sutures
The earlobe surgery procedure
- Earlobe surgery usually takes under an hour depending on the extent of the correction
- Earlobe repair is normally performed under local anaesthetic
- Your surgeon will rebuild your earlobe, giving it as natural an appearance as possible
- Fine sutures are used to support healing skin and minimise scarring
After your ear surgery
In the days following your surgery your earlobes are likely to ache and be tender.
- You may experience a little numbness, this should settle within a few weeks
- You will need to wear a supportive bandage for around 1 week
- Children who have had an ear pinning procedure should be able to return to school after 1 week
- You should avoid vigorous exercise, heavy lifting and hot and spicy foods for around a week after surgery
- Most of the swelling and bruising will subside within 7-14 days
- The sutures will usually be removed or dissolve after 7-10 days
- You should avoid steam baths, saunas and sunbathing for several weeks
- You will need to avoid activities that may result in your ear being bent
- Your scars will take time to heal, they may appear to get worse in the first few months then settle and then flatten and fade after around 6 months
Still have questions about ear correction surgery?
Dr Stefano Cotrufo is a reconstructive microsurgery expert. He particularly specialises in carrying out procedures to the neck and the face such as ear correction and repair surgery. If you have any further questions about these procedures, whether they would be suitable for you or about the level of service and aftercare you would receive at the clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a personal consultation.