Cost: £2,500 – £5,000
Treatment Time: Around 2 Hours
Recovery Time: Around 1 - 2 Weeks
Popularity: 0.3 Million procedures globally in 2017
Everything You need to know about Ear Correction
What is Ear Correction
Ear correction surgery, alters the size or shape of the ears, or pin them back closer to the head if they stick out. It is also referred to as Otoplasty or Ear Reshaping or Ear Pinning.
Why do people have
There are many reasons people choose to have ear correction surgery: to improve the shape and proportion of ears or to boost self-confidence.
How much does it cost?
This procedure usually costs between £2,500 – £5,000 plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may not be included in the price.
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Because Eyelid surgery is an elective cosmetic surgery, you may not be able to get the surgery with NHS. We can help you find financing plans to make the procedure more affordable.
However, the surgery may be available on the NHS, particularly for children who need it and occasionally adults with significant distress due to their prominent ears. You should check with your General Practitioner (GP) who will undertake a full clinical assessment and advise whether you can have surgery at the NHS.
What are the key drivers for the cost of Ear Correction Surgery?
Ear correction surgery costs can widely vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used, the geographic location and operating room facilities.
Generally, higher surgeon experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.
The cost of the surgery also varies depending on your anatomy, desired changes and the procedure type.
Am I a good candidate?
If you believe you have protruding ears, abnormally large ear lobes or folded ear tips, or if you have suffered an injury that has impacted the shape or positioning of your ears, or if certain features of a normal ear are missing, then you may want to consider ear correction surgery.
This surgery is more common in younger people, including children ages 6 to 14. It is not suitable for children younger than 5 because their ears are still growing and developing.
It is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.
What are my options?
An incision would be made hidden inside or behind the ear, and extra cartilage or soft tissue that makes the ear “stick out” too much can be removed, or the missing normal folds would be re-created by shaping the cartilage with permanent sutures or scraping the cartilage to contour it.
How long does the surgery take?
The treatment usually takes around 2 Hours depending on the treatment required and your personal situation. Ear correction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and an overnight stay is not required.
Is ear correction painful?
Ear correction surgery is not painful as it is performed under anesthesia (commonly local anesthesia or intravenous sedation for older children and adults, and under general for younger children). You may experience some pain once the anesthetic wears off after your surgery. Pain is usually minimal however if you have any pain your doctor may subscribe you will painkillers to reduce any discomfort. If you have any long lasting pain, redness or swelling after you surgery, you should contact your surgeon.
Are there any risks I should look out for?
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk, such as bleeding, infection and an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. Fortunately, significant complications from ear correction are infrequent. Possible occasional risks specific to ear correction surgery are outlined below:
- Scarring: small scar behind each ear, which will fade in time
- Inflammation of the ear cartilage
- A blood clot in the skin of the ear
- Stiff ears – it can take several months for them to become flexible again
- The ears no longer being symmetrical
How do I find a surgeon I can trust?
Choosing your surgeon is a hugely important step. This is THE person who is going to help you achieve the change you want and trusting in their abilities is key. Here are the three top things to consider when making your selection:
- Qualifications: Ear Correction surgery should be done by a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and should be on the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training.
- Experience: Make sure your surgeon is experienced. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced surgeon is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
- Connection: You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.
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What does the initial consultation entail?
During your first consultation, you’ll discuss the details of ear surgery and desired results. Your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for the surgery, and will evaluate the shape, size, and placement of your ears to determine what sort of changes may be possible. The surgeon may examine both of your ears, even if you think only one needs pinning or reshaping. The surgeon may also take photos of your ears and face to help further investigate the proportions of your facial features.
What is Ear correction surgery Cooling off period?
Ear correction surgery is an important decision. It is essential that you are making the appropriate choice and understand all the implications of the surgery. If you are not offered a cooling-off period of around 2 weeks, or you are put under pressure to proceed, you should walk away and look elsewhere.
Would I be required to do anything prior to the surgery?
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing to promote better healing.
- Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and vitamins/homeopathic regimens that can increase bleeding.
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important. Appropriate hydration before and after surgery is critical for safe recovery and optimal outcomes.
What is the recovery like?
Your surgeon will give you detailed care instructions, including normal symptoms you will experience, potential signs of complication, and the level and type of activity that is safe. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals, but the below gives a broad idea:
Usually one week after your procedure, you will return to the doctor’s office. Your surgeon may remove stitches at this time, though absorbable stitches are often used, which do not require removal.
You can expect to return to work and any light activity after one to two weeks. In two weeks, your final results will be visible, though small changes to the ears can occur for up to twelve months. You may be able to do swimming a month after your surgery and contact sports after 3 months.
How long do the results last?
Results for Ear Correction surgery are typically life-long, barring any incidents which impact the shape or proportion of the ears.