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Prominent Ear Correction

Prominent ears can be a source of worry for both children and adults, and the operation to correct prominent ears is associated with high levels of satisfaction. The aim of the operation is to look as if the ears have not had any surgery on them; and also to make it look as if the ears do not need to have any surgery performed on them.

The ears are reshaped in one of two ways.

Earfold

The latest technique for prominent ear correction is to use Earfold. This has been been developed as an accurate way of performing prominent ear correction surgery. The earfold is a small implant that is placed in the ear, through a much smaller incision than traditional ear correction surgery. The procedure is slightly quicker than traditional surgery and the recovery time is quicker with less bruising and no need for a head bandage. During a consultation for the earfold procedure, the surgeon will place the implant on top of the skin of the ear and thsi will show you almost exactly what the ear will look like after the procedure is performed. If you like what you see, you can go ahead and book in for the procedure.

Traditional Techniques for Prominent Ear Correction

We can also use traditional ear correction surgery by making small incisions at the back of the ear. The cartilage (which makes up the framework of the ear) is resculpted and reshaped to create a more natural look. After closing the incision, a head bandage is placed on the area for a few days. The newer techniques for ear reshaping do not require a head bandage for 10 days and are not associated with some of the more devastating complications of ear reshaping. The effects are permanent and there are some risks associated with the operation:

Risks:
The vast majority of people that have this operation are absolutely delighted with the results but there are some side effects and risks with the operation:

  • bruising and bleeding which takes around 2 weeks to resolve
  • infection
  • abnormal scarring (keloids and hypertrophic scars)
  • numb patches in the ears
  • overcorrection
  • undercorrection
  • asymmetry
  • cold intolerance which can persist for a year or two
  • tissue loss and wound healing delays in the ears are associated with the less modern techniques but they are theoretically possible with any operation on ears