Prominent Ear Correction is a surgical procedure used to re-set the position of prominent ears, moving them closer in towards the head.
What is it?
• Ear correction surgery is used to set back prominent ears in both adults and children to restore confidence and give a more attractive look to ears
• It can be performed on one or both ears as necessary
• Very large ear lobes can be reduced at the same time if required
You may be suitable for correction of prominent ears using earFold, which can be carried out under local anaesthesia in the outpatients department. Please ask for more information if this is a procedure that may interest you.
What can’t it do?
• Ear correction surgery cannot completely alter the shape of ears and does not improve hearing in any way
• Your surgeon will make a cut on the back of one or both ears
• The cartilage inside is then trimmed, sculpted or folded using fine stitches as needed
• The cuts are then stitched up and bandages applied to hold your ears in their new positions
• The procedure takes around one to two hours to complete, depending on the amount of work required
• You will have either a local or a general anaesthetic and it’s unlikely you will have to stay over in hospital
• Your bulky bandages will be removed after three to four days, after which a head band will need to be worn at night for two weeks
• You can expect to recover fully within two weeks
• It is wise to avoid any activity that may cause your ears to bend for at least one week
Possible side effects
• You may experience nausea from the anaesthetic, followed by bruising, swelling and some soreness
• You may even notice a slight loss of hearing as a result of the swelling but this should last no longer than a few days
• In general, all side effects should have subsided within a week
• Ear correction surgery is a permanent procedure to set back or reshape ears
• Because cuts are made behind your ears, small scars are left close to the groove between the ear and the side of your head