Ear reshaping is a popular procedure with both men and women.
Ear reshaping involves a straightforward procedure, but it can have a huge effect on your day-to-day life:
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improve the aesthetic appearance of the face
- Prices start from only £2,500
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Introduction To Ear Reshaping
Ear reshaping is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. It’s popular with both men, and women. Ears that protrude noticeably from the head can detract from what is otherwise a very attractive face. This is probably why cosmetic surgery of the ears can give such worthwhile results. Many patients who complain that their ears stick out wear their hair long all of the time, because they are embarrassed to show their ears.
Many cases of protruding ears are taken care of in childhood in plastic surgery departments at local hospitals. We think this is a very worthwhile procedure as many patients report how they were teased and bullied at school due to having sticky out ears. The procedure to correct ears that stick out is called a otoplasty and it’s a straightforward operation for plastic surgeons to conduct.
A word about costs: Prices for ear reshaping start in the UK from around £2500. The procedure is generally performed under local anaesthetic and you can return home on the same day. In some cases, a little sedation may be used to add to comfort during the operation.
At The Consultation
The consultation is the first step when you are seriously considering a otoplasty. Your consultation must be carried out with a fully qualified plastic surgeon. The consultation should be with the surgeon who is actually going to carry out your procedure.
Expect your consultation to last anything between half an hour and one hour. The length of the consultation is not the most important thing. The main objective is that you come away from the consultation feeling that all of your questions have been answered, and you feel reassured that you are in the right hands.
Some plastic surgeons may charge a fee for consultation while others do not. In many cases the fee for the consultation is deducted when the patient proceeds with surgery.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of ear reshaping with you. He will not only explain what can be achieved, but he will also go on to explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure.
Following this, you should have plenty of time to ask any questions that, by this time, you feel have not been answered. Feel free to ask anything that you want.
At your consultation you should be provided with a clear explanation of the cost of the operation. It is vital to understand what is included and what is not included in the fee. Sometimes there may be additional charges such as further hospital fees in the event that you have to return for further surgery or treatment. Make sure that you are clear about what you have to pay.
Most plastic surgeons recommend a period of reflection after the consultation. This is basically time for you to think about what has been said. When you feel that you are ready to proceed you can move on to the next stage of the process.
The Otoplasty Procedure
When you are ready to proceed with your operation you will need to make the required arrangements. Usually plastic surgeons have dedicated staff to arrange everything for you. Their job is to book everything up and make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Upon booking you are likely to be provided with a number of different pieces of information. These may include a list of things to bring to the hospital and a confirmation time for your arrival at the hospital.
You may also be required to attend for certain pre operative tests before the operation can go ahead. These could include blood tests, ECG and chest X-rays depending on what the surgeon requests in your case.
The surgeon will reshape your ears through detailed surgical work, which requires an incision in the crease of the ear at the back, so the scars are very well hidden. The surgeon removes cartilage and returns the ear to a more natural position. When this has been done, the plastic surgeon then applies a special head bandage. This is done to protect your ears when sleeping and to keep the ears flat to the head.
When you recover initially from the procedure, you may experience some discomfort. Pain relief will be available and your nursing team together with your plastic surgeon will do everything to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Normally you will be able to leave the hospital on the same day.
Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be provided with clear post-operative instructions that you should follow carefully. If the plastic surgeon has asked you to take medication you may be given a prescription to buy the required drugs. Typically you may be put on a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
After The Operation
You should expect some discomfort after the procedure. This is perfectly normal, the discomfort should settle down within a few days. During the first ten to fourteen days, you should remain at home. Allow one to two weeks off to be sure. This is primarily because of the head bandage; the bandage must remain on for seven days or so, depending on the advice of your surgeon. Your ears will feel sore for a few days once the bandage has been removed.
Your plastic surgeon will advise you when its time to return to the hospital to have the head dressing removed. He will either do this himself, or ask one of his nursing team to do this for you. Thereafter there is usually a series of check ups to have over a period of months. This is to see how the ears are settling down. It can take a few months for everything to return to normal.
As part of your check ups, your plastic surgeon will be checking to make sure that your ears are healing well, and that there are no complications.
As we have mentioned before, there are risks with ear reshaping that you should be aware of. Some of these include: Infection, haematoma, and there are others which your surgeon will have covered with you at your consultation. The risks also include a potential relaxing of the ears again (to some extent) after the surgery
Infection could happen through no fault of your own or the surgeon. Every precaution is taken to minimise the risks of infection but they cannot be eliminated altogether.