Like faces, ears are unique. Most common cosmetic procedure on the ear is correction of prominent ears (otoplasty). Having prominent ears can affect people psychologically and surgery can dramatically improve self-esteem and psychosocial functioning in both children and adults.
Other cosmetic procedures to the ears include repair of the earlobe after piercing (split earlobes, overstretched earlobe from tribal inspired piercing) or rejuvenating procedures to the earlobe (fat grafting to restore the volume or earlobe reduction).
Ears are typically exposed to the sun and therefore prone to developing skin cancer. Skin cancer is best treated with surgery which tends to leave a significant defect requiring reconstruction at the same time. There is a variety of skin grafts or local flaps available to reconstruct partial defects to the ear to restore the function and form of the ear.
Otoplasty (correction of prominent ears)
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to set the ears back closer to the head. Most common causes for prominence of the ears is lack of natural folds and large conchal bowl (the hollow floor of the ear). These natural folds are re-created during surgery and concha is reset closer to the head.
During the consultation you will be asked about how and which part of the ear affects you most, medical history, medications, allergies, smoking and previous procedures.
The procedure will be explained in detail including its limitations and risks.
Otoplasty can be done under local or general anaesthetic as a day case. Incisions are placed behind the ears in the crease and are as inconspicuous as possible. Stitches are dissolvable.
Recovery takse 2-4 weeks. You will require nurse appointment a week after surgery and consultant appointment in 4-6 weeks or earlier if required.
Repair of split or stretched earlobes
There is a myriad of minor procedures that remove the scarring caused by piercing (except for keloids) and reshape the earlobe. Split earlobe without any history of trauma usually implies allergy to nickel. Therefore, metal earrings (other than gold, silver or platinum) are not recommended to wear.
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic as a day case and can take 30-90 minutes depending on what is required. Stitches would need to be removed after one week during nurse appointment. Consultant appointment will be required typically 4-6 weeks after surgery or earlier.
Details about the procedure entails, limitations and risks will be explained during the consultation. Ms Majdak-Paredes will make every effort to create scars as inconspicuous as possible.