Male Ear Reshaping
Around 1% – 2% of the UK population considers their ears to be too prominent. In many cases the shape and lie of the ears is inherited, and a family trend can be seen. The most prominent ears often lack a normal fold, and sometimes the ears can be uneven. People with prominent ears are often self-conscious about their shape yet the correctional procedure is relatively simple and extremely positive results are often achieved.
Pinnaplasty, or Otoplasty, is an operation that adjusts the shape of the cartilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head. Because the operation is performed from behind the ears, a small scar is left close to the groove between the ear and the side of the head often leaving it almost unnoticeable.
Most commonly a local anaesthetic is sufficient.
There are no specific limitations. As with all operations there is a risk involved, the better your general health and being a non-smoker is advisable as this will aid the post-operative healing process.
What to expect
A small protective dressing is usually worn after the surgery for up to a week after surgery. Once the dressing is removed, we advise wearing a protective headband or bandage for the following month when sleeping.
The ears may be sore and tender for several weeks and painkilling medication such as Paracetamol or Ibruprofen may be required. The scar behind the ear usually settles well, but on rare occasions it can become red and lumpy.
This appearance of the ear can be caused by trauma, and irregular nodules of cartilage form.
These can be removed surgically to improve the look of the ear.
Results are usually moderate, but can be worthwhile.