Approximately 1-2% of the population in the UK consider their ears to be too prominent. Prominent ears can often cause people to suffer with low self-confidence, but there is a cosmetic procedure which can help fix this.
Ear correction surgery, otherwise known as a Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty, is the correction of prominent ears due to their size or shape, or pinning them back if they stick out. Usually the shape and the position of the ears are inherited from parents.
Pinnaplasty surgery is commonly carried out on children and young teenagers, although it is popular amongst adults too. The procedure can boost self-esteem in both children and adults. However, it is not suitable to perform the procedure on children younger than five as their ears are still growing and developing.
At Candover, Pinnaplasty surgery will be performed by either our ENT surgeon Mr Spraggs, or one of our consultant plastic surgeon’s Mr Khan or Mrs Slade-Sharman.
The procedure takes approximately one hour and involves making a small incision behind the ear, removing small pieces of cartilage if necessary, and reshaping the remaining structure into the desired shape and position.
Generally, this is a very safe procedure with little risk of complications and patients are usually very pleased with the results.