Ear reshaping surgery is used to correct protruding ears that may be causing a person to feel self-conscious.
What Is Ear Reshaping?
Ear reshaping surgery is used as a way to pin back prominent ears. Many people who undergo this procedure have ears that naturally stick out or ears that are disproportionate to their head. It may also be that the ears need correcting after an injury.
What Is The Procedure?
The procedure is often carried out under local anaesthetic, taking 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to perform. The incisions will be made behind the ear where the cartilage is then altered and repositioned. Cartilage may be reshaped or folded to hold your ear in position. The incisions are then held together with stitches.
In earlobe correction surgery the process is slightly different. For a split earlobe, the incisions are made in the area where the split occurs. In the case of earlobe reduction, scars will be where the earlobe meets the cheek. In every case, surgery is performed with the goal to leave as minimal scarring as possible. This is usually performed on both ears, but can also be just for one depending on the patient’s desired results.
You should expect to take at least one week off from work post-surgery, depending on your type of employment.
Ear Reshaping Surgery Aftercare
It’s likely you’ll be able to go home the same day of your surgery. You’ll leave with a headband covering your ears which should be kept on for 4-6 weeks depending on the advice from your surgeon. You may be required to wear a smaller headband to protect your ears once the first one is removed. Initially, you may experience some pain and discomfort, for which you may be prescribed painkillers. It’s also advised that you:
- Keep the wounds dry
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid sports for at least 6 weeks
- Massage the scars once they’re healed
A week after your ear reshaping surgery you will be checked over by the surgeon to ensure your ears are healing well.
Once your bandages and stitches have been removed, you should start to see the difference in your newly shaped ears. You will need to wait for the swelling to go down until you see the final results.
Ear Pinning Surgery Scars
Due to the fact that incisions are generally made behind the ear for ear reshaping surgery, scars are hidden. The scars will also be small, but can remain red for a few weeks before fading into white over time.
Potential Risks And Complications
Though the majority of surgeries are performed with no problems, every surgery carries with it some potential risks and complications. Some uncommon risks for ear pinning surgery include blood clots, ear stiffness, and inflammation. All possible complications will be discussed with the surgeon at your first consultation, as well as how they will be treated should they occur.