Are you self-conscious about your ears? Do you think they stick out too much? Well, with modern advances in medical technology, this doesn’t have to be the case. More and more hospitals and medical centers across the UK are offering ear pinning treatments. Also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, the procedure aims to alter the shape of your ears, making them less prominent.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions behind the ear to allow for the cartilage to be reshaped, repositioned, or removed. Once the cartilage has been altered to allow for the new form of the ear, stitches are used to hold the ears in their new, less prominent position.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally, the procedure can be performed in as little as an hour, with the majority of ear pinning procedures being performed in under 2 hours.
Will I require a general anesthetic?
Patients undergoing an ear pinning procedure can either be treated under a general or local anesthetic. If you choose to be treated under a general anesthetic, you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure and will wake up when the medication wears off and the treatment is complete. Alternatively, if you chose to be treated under a local anesthetic, you will remain awake throughout the treatment, however, the area receiving treatment – in this case, the ears – will be numb to prevent you from experiencing any pain or discomfort.
Will I have to stay in the hospital?
As the procedure only takes 1-2 hours and is relatively non-invasive, the majority of patients are released on the same day. However, as anesthetics are administered during treatment, individuals may experience disorientation, dizziness, or sickness as the medications wear off. As a result, patients may be required to stay in the hospital for a few hours for observation.
Who can perform the procedure?
There are a number of plastic surgeons in Birmingham, Northampton, Peterborough, and across the UK that offer ear pinning. It is advised to book a consultation prior to surgery in order to ensure you are happy with all aspects of the treatment. During this consultation, you should ensure that your surgeon has the relevant experience, training, and qualifications to perform the procedure.
Who can undergo the procedure?
The procedure can be performed on both children and adults who suffer from prominent ears. However, children under the age of 18 will require consent from a parent or legal guardian and, in most cases, will need to be accompanied to all appointments.