What to expect from otoplasty (ear pinning surgery)

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty (sometimes referred to as cosmetic ear surgery or pinnaplasty), refers to the surgical reshaping of the pinna—or outer ear. The procedure can be performed to correct any irregularities such as shape abnormality or asymmetry, or to decrease the prominence of the ears by pinning them back.

Why have Otoplasty?

The outer ear contributes to a person’s overall appearance. Prominent ears, for example, can be a source of embarrassment for some people, and can lead to a low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. The goal of this type of surgery is to improve the cosmetic appearance of the ears, and in some cases these changes can be significant.

Can anyone have the procedure?

The ear cartilage completes its development around the age of 5 – 6 years of age. This is usually considered the earliest recommended age Otoplasty can be performed on a child. Although the majority of procedures are carried out on younger children and teenagers, there is no upper age limit.

The procedures are also safe and effective, typically carried out under local anaesthetics (general anaesthesia for young children), with the patient able to view the appearance of their ear before final closure.

At British Face Clinic we will only treat patients over 18 years of age.

And the recovery?

The procedures carry no visible scarring, with life-long results achieved. After your operation, a bandage is used to cover the ear, with a dressing in and over the operated part. The bandage is removed after 5 days.

The dressing and sutures (stitches) are normally dissolvable so these will not need to be removed.

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About the expert

Mr Mrinal Supriya is a Consultant ENT Head and Neck Surgeon with a special interest in facial cosmetic surgery. He is among 30 cosmetic surgeons who are members of the Royal College of Surgeons’ voluntary registration scheme – a professional body that works to advance surgical practice and patient care.

Mr Surpriya has previously worked in top hospitals around the world including the UK, Australia and the USA. He has also spent time with Dr Andrew Jacono who has been named one of the top plastic surgeons in the USA.
In the UK, Mr Supriya has worked as an ENT Consultant at Northampton General Hospital & St. George’s University Hospital, London as well as Ninewells University Hospital, Dundee.

Mr. Supriya’s clinical interests are minimal-access facial cosmetic procedures with a further expertise in Deep Plane Facelift and Rhinoplasty. By focusing his cosmetic practice solely to the face, Mr Supriya has developed super-specialised skills and achieved extremely reliable results with high patient satisfaction.

Mr. Supriya is able to provide comprehensive expertise that can only come from super specialisation: eyelid rejuvenation, nose job, endoscopic brow, face and neck lift, lip rejuvenation, cheek rejuvenation, ear surgery, chin surgery, buccal fat pad resection and skin treatments.

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