WHAT CAN EAR PINNING SURGERY ACHIEVE?
IS THERE AN EAR SURGERY ALTERNATIVE?
Cosmetic ear procedures such as pinning and earlobe repair are relatively quick but certainly very delicate. The main concern to achieve the best otoplasty results is the achievement of symmetry between the ears. 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.
DURING YOUR EAR SURGERY 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
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR EAR 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.
This may include:
Taking medical tests including blood tests
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
AFTER YOUR EAR SURGERY
In the days following your surgery your ears 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 2-4 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 are usually self-dissolving so there is no need to struggle after your surgery
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.