Ear surgery normally takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic.
You’ll normally be able to leave hospital on the same day as your ear surgery.
You’ll be able to discuss the shape you are looking for with your surgeon. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and don’t feel any pain. Any discomfort after surgery will usually subside in a few days.
After an otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.
Many plastic surgeons perform otoplasty by making the incision behind the ear, so in most cases the scar will be hidden.
We want you to make a fully informed decision before you go ahead with surgery, so we offer a private consultation at your local clinic free of charge. At your consultation, you’ll meet with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss the ear correction options available and whether the surgery is the most suitable procedure for your needs. You’ll be able to ask questions about all aspects of the surgery, from ear size and shape to aftercare and the results you can expect. You’ll also meet your patient care coordinator, who will be with you every step of the journey. They will give you a personal quotation of costs and information about finance options, the expected timescale, our surgical facilities and door-to-door transport services.
At your consultation, you can book your surgery if you feel ready, but there’s no obligation to go ahead. Cosmetic surgery is a big step and you may want to take time to do more research and think about your decision. We’ll give you a patient information booklet, which provides comprehensive information on your procedure and aftercare. This is an important resource and we require patients to read the detailed information it contains. You’ll also find lots of helpful information here on our website – you can read about our surgeons’ qualifications, THG’s cosmetic surgery expertise and inspiring stories from some of our patients. Our patient care coordinators are available to discuss any concerns you may have. And when you feel ready, they can book you in for your procedure. We also have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period in place, which means that if you change your mind about the procedure after booking within that period, you will not be charged.
On the day of your surgery, your medical team will make your experience as comfortable as possible and you’ll meet your surgeon again before the procedure. Otoplasty usually involves making incisions behind your ears. You’ll know in advance which ear correction method your surgeon will use. For ear pinning, cartilage is removed from behind the ear to reduce the protrusion of the outer ear shell. Ear correction surgery takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly. For ear surgery you can normally leave the hospital on the same day as your procedure. Each patient is given a personalised care plan, developed with the advice of their surgeon. All THG hospitals are equipped to the highest standards of clinical care and patient comfort. Your ears are likely to be sore, swollen and bruised to begin with and the area will be bandaged. You’ll need to wear this bandage for about a week and many patients take a week off work for the initial healing period. It will be around six weeks before you are able to fully resume activities like sports and swimming.
At THG, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: · Unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them · Surgical cover for 3 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated · Additional days’ stay in hospital where needed · Additional medication and dressings at no extra cost · Emergency telephone support which you can use at any time