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Ear Surgery (Ostoplasty)

Cosmetic ear surgery is used to correct prominent or misshapen ears. It is commonly done as a child because of the stigma and bullying that can go on when a child has large protruding or misshapen ears, however it is recommended that surgery does not take place until a child is at least five to ensure that the ears have fully grown. Results are very good and scarring is minimal. Many adults who have cosmetic ear surgery wish they had undergone surgery years earlier.

General Information about Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Ear surgery in older children and adults is normally performed under a local anaesthetic, this minimises the risks involved with a general anaesthetic.  However in younger children or in more complex cases a general anaesthetic may be given. The operation takes about an hour to perform. It does not normally involve a stay in hospital. An incision is made in the fold between the ear and the head. The normal procedure involves peeling back the skin and then the cartilage is then reshaped, or removed. Stitches are then put in place to hold the ears in position until they heal.

A head bandage is put in place which has to be worn for approximately two weeks, this is then replaced by a tennis band for a further four weeks to allow the ears to heal. The first few days after surgery you can expect to have some throbbing pain which can be controlled with pain killers. The ears will begin to itch under the bandages as they heal and this can be uncomfortable. It is important not to scratch in order to avoid infection. Ears can feel  sensitive or numb after surgery which will disappear as they heal. In rare cases raised scars can form but these can be removed with further surgery. In rare cases the ears may appear asymmetrical or even spring back to their original position, however, further surgery can be used to correct this.

Cost of Cosmetic Ear Surgery

You may be able to get cosmetic ear surgery on the NHS but there is normally a waiting period. Private treatment will typically cost between £1200 and £2700 dependant on the type of surgery, the surgeon and the hospital.



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