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Bat ear correction

Also known as having your ears ‘pinned back’, pinnaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the overall appearance of the ears. If you are self-conscious about the shape or size of your ears, or how your ears ‘stick out’, then bat ear correction can help to augment the protrusion of the ears. Not just a procedure for children anymore, pinnaplasty has become a widely accepted form of cosmetic treatment for adults looking to improve the size and projection of their ears.

What happens during a pinnaplasty?

You will need a consultation with a surgeon to find out which type of pinnplasty surgery is right for your needs. Depending on your age a pinnaplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic; this is decided during consultation prior to surgery. Usually taking around an hour to perform, a pinnaplasty is a relatively short procedure. Your surgeon will make a small incision at the back of your ear. Some skin will then be peeled away from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage will be altered so the ear sits closer to your head, giving you a natural result. Once complete the area will be cleaned and closed with sutures, and an antiseptic dressing may be applied to minimise the risk of infection.

What is the recovery like for this type of surgery?

If the surgery is a success you should be able to go home on the same day of your procedure, meaning no overnight stay is needed although in some cases this might be required. After a few days your dressings will be removed and replaced by a headband which you are required to wear constantly (day and night) for at least 7 days following your surgery. Any post-surgical pain or discomfort can be reduced using paracetamol or any other over the counter pain relief. It is advised you rest at home and avoid any energetic activities for the first 2 to 3 weeks post-surgery. While you will see some initial benenits from the pinnaplasty, the final result might not be visible for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.

Are there any risks associated with pinnplasty?

Bleeding, swelling, risk of infection and bruising are all risks associated with surgery of any kind, including bat ear correction and pinnaplasty. Whilst a surgeon aims for ear symmetry, it’s important to recognise prior to surgery that this cannot be achieved 100% and some asymmetry may remain or occur postoperatively. There is a small risk of relapse or partial relapse after this surgery and if this does occur then a second procedure maybe indicated.

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