Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)

Otoplasty is a procedure that is used to improve proportion, shape and position of the ear, either in people who are self-conscious or unhappy with their ears as a result of birth defects or an injury. Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a very popular surgery as ears are a common cause of embarrassment. 

Best Candidates:

The best candidate for ear pinning is someone who is:

  • Someone whos ear growth is complete 
  • Frustrated by protruding or overly large ears
  • Experiencing lop ear - when the tip seems to fold down and forward
  • Experiencing cupped ear - which is a small ear
  • Experiencing shell ear - when the curve in the outer rim and natural folds and creases are missing
  • Experiencing large or stretched earlobes
  • Missing ears as a result of a birth defect or injury

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to remember that your surgery will not turn you into someone else and you should not rely on your procedure to change your life. If you are considering undergoing a procedure it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are simply seeking to enhance your appearance and confidence, rather than looking to completely change who you are. It is equally important you are psychologically ready.

Preparing for your Procedure:

It is important to discuss with your doctors and with us any:

  • Medical conditions you have
  • The medication you are taking - prescription, herbal and non-prescription

Once you arrive at your destination you will have a physical evaluation with your surgeon, where you will discuss your goals and concerns where you will finalise the plan for surgery. At this examination your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you and explain it to you in detail, including any limitations - after all, it is important that you head into surgery with realistic goals. It is during this examination that your surgeon will also make recommendations for other procedures.

In the lead-up to your surgery, it is important you do the following:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and increase the possibility of complications

What to Expect:

Length of surgery:

This surgery generally requires one night in the hospital and takes one to two hours. 

Recovery and post-op care:

After the procedure ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support, after a few days there will be removed and a loose headband will cover your ears at night for two to six weeks. This is especially important when you are sleeping so make sure you do not pull your ears forward, it is also important you avoid sleeping on your side. During the first few weeks, it is common to feel some discomfort and itching, this can be managed with pain medication recommended by your doctor. It is important to wear shirts and loose fitting tees so you do not pull your ears as you dress. 

Length of Stay:

It is recommended you stay on holiday for 10 nights, during which time you will have follow up appointments with your surgeon.To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

Other procedures to consider:

Ear pinning is often performed with other facial procedures to give a more balanced look. Non-surgical procedures can also be added to give an even more youthful appearance and change the texture of your skin so you return home even more refreshed, such as cosmetic fillers for reducing fine lines of laser resurfacing and chemical peels.

Preconditions and risks:

Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.

Potential risks include:

Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.

  • Scarring 
  • Asymmetry
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Overcorrection

It is important to read the general preconditions and risks page before any surgery.


 

 

 

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