An otoplasty is ear surgery performed to improve the size, shape, and position of your ear or ears, to enhance the appearance of your ears that may protrude, be overly large, or be misshapen.
What is an otoplasty?
An otoplasty reshapes or removes your ear cartilage to pin back your ears or change their shape or size so that they suit your facial proportions better. It is also called pinnaplasty.
If you feel your ears stick out, then having surgery to have your ears pinned back may relieve this distress. It may be that your ears are too big for your face and an otoplasty can make your ears smaller. An otoplasty can also correct ears that are asymmetrical and reshape ears misshapen due to an injury or birth defect, including as damaged earlobes.
What does an otoplasty involve?An otoplasty is typically performed under local anaesthetic. It takes one to two hours.
Your surgeon will make small incisions behind your ear that are hidden in the fold on the back of your ear.
They can then access your ear cartilage, the main structural component of your ear, and re-shape, fold or remove it as required. Once your ear is in the correct position, stitches will be used to hold it in place.
The incisions will then be closed using fine stitches.
Most often, otoplasty is carried out on both of your ears but sometimes only one needs correcting.
What are the benefits of an otoplasty?
The benefits of an otoplasty are that it offers:
- Cosmetic refinement of your ears.
- The creation of natural, proportionate and symmetrical looking ears.
- The correction and repair of uncharacteristic ear appearances and ear injuries.
- Relief from unwanted attention and embarrassment that protruding or irregular ears can bring.
How much does an otoplasty cost?
The cost of an otoplasty procedure will be based on your ear correction surgery requirements. You will discuss your treatment in detail during your consultation with an experienced otoplasty surgeon. Once the exact requirements of your otoplasty are agreed, we can advise you of the guide package price. Our package prices include a follow up consultation and any outpatient care for 60 days post discharge.
As a guide, the cost of otoplasty at Clifton Park Hospital starts from £2,975.
We have finance options to suit your individual financial needs, so that you don’t have to wait for surgery. These include: All-inclusive Total Care packages with a single one-off payment that gives you direct access to all the treatment you need, pay as you go, and interest-free medical finance loans.
How long does it take to recover from an otoplasty?
You can expect to go home the same day as your otoplasty.
Initially, you will have a bandage around your head to cover and protect your ears, and to allow them to heal. You will need to wear your bandage or a headband for up to two weeks. Your surgeon will advise you when it can be removed.
You may have some swelling, bruising and pain. This will subside over time. Painkillers may be prescribed.
You can expect to return to work within a week of otoplasty surgery.
A follow up appointment will be arranged with your surgeon to assess your progress and give you advice on when to resume activities.
You can usually get back to normal activity and exercise within two weeks, although you should avoid activities that could cause trauma to your ears whilst they are recovering. Contact sports, such as rugby, football, or judo, should be avoided for at least three months, and swimming should be avoided for six to eight weeks, after surgery.
Once your bandages are removed and the swelling has gone down, you will see your newly shaped or positioned ear.
Otoplasty with Clifton Park Hospital
Otoplasty at Clifton Park Hospital is performed by our expert and qualified plastic surgeons or ENT surgeons who are experienced in otoplasty surgery and can skilfully perform this precise ear surgery.
They offer convenient appointments so you can start your otoplasty treatment without waiting, clear information about your otoplasty procedure, an opportunity to ask any questions you have, and a 14-day ‘cooling off period’ following your consultation to give you time to consider your decision fully.
Contact us to book an appointment.