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Surgical correction of prominent ears, also known as “bat ears” is called Otoplasty. This procedure can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear and is common amongst both children over the age of 5 and adults. Ear pinning involves surgically moving the ears closer to the head. It will bring a more natural shape and also balance and proportion to the face.Led by world renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Jaffer Khan, your experience is tailored to suit your needs and outcomes.

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EAR SURGERY OPTIONS

Do I Need Ear Surgery?

  • If you have overly large ears, a condition called Macrotia
  • If you have protruding ears on one or both sides
  • If you are dissatisfied with previous ear surgery

Surgery Technique

Ear Pinning Surgery

Otoplasty techniques depend on the type of correction needed. The corrections vary from making the ears appear less prominent by bringing them closer to the head, or to even make earlobes appear smaller.Generally, an incision will be made on the back surface of the ear and/or within the inner creases of your ear. Post incisions, there may also be excess cartilage and skin to be removed. Stiches will be used to close the incision. The procedure time is generally 2 hours long.

What Can be Achieved?

  • Increased Confidence
  • Balanced proportions

COMMON CONCERNS

Recovery

Following surgery, a head bandage will keep your ears in place and allow for healing. The bandage is normally worn for 14 days after your surgery. Once the bandages are removed, swelling and tenderness is to be expected and this can persist for up to a month after your surgery.

It can take a few weeks until your ears have reached their final shape. Contact sports and swimming should be avoided for 6 weeks post surgery.

 

Scars

Scars will continue to refine & will vary amongst patients depending on their natural healing process & location of incisions. Scars post Otoplasty are hidden in the groove of the ear and the side of the head. They are generally refined to fine incision lines one year after surgery.

 

Pain

Mile to moderate swelling, pain & itchiness after Otoplasty is to be expected and normal. You may also feel nausea and loss of balance temporarily. This is related to swelling around the inner ear and bandages around the head.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will be discussed during my consultation?

Dr. Khan will go through any questions or concerns you may have about your procedure. He will also go through associated risks.

 

What is the best age to undergo Otoplasty?

This procedure is commonly performed on younger children around the age of 5. This is because ears have fully formed at this age. It is also a common procedure to have done as a teenage or adult.

 

Can I smoke?

You need to stop smoking weeks before the surgery as this can greatly impact the rate of healing.

Can I engage in sports/gym activities?

Contact sports and swimming should be avoided for 6 weeks post surgery.

 

When will I see results?

Typically you will see final results in 3 to 6 months

 

Will there be visible scarring?

In most cases, the incisions will be made behind the ear or in the natural folds of the ear, and generally there is no visible scarring.

*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.

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