Ear surgery or ear reshaping surgery (clinically known as Otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that corrects ears that are protruding or appear disproportionate to the rest of the face. It can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear and used to correct defects that could develop or treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

If you have overly large ears (possibly caused by a rare condition called macrotia), protruding ears occurring on one or both sides in varying degrees or are dissatisfied with previous ear surgery; then Ear surgery or ear reshaping surgery may be the solution.

General or local aesthetic is used during the procedure and the operation will take approximately one hour. You will be required to remain in hospital until the aesthetic has worn off and you’re deemed fit to return home – some discomfort may be experienced immediately after the ear surgery but this is normal and can be controlled with pain killers. During the recuperation period, pain and discomfort should only last for 3 days but can take up to 7 days – common risks involved with this type of surgery include bruising, swelling, temporary numbness and temporary skin irregularity. Follow-up appointments will occur 1 week after surgery, 4 weeks after and then 3 months after where results will be assessed and ensure treatment has been successful. You will be required to take 1 – 2 weeks off work and should refrain from doing exercise for 6 weeks, jogging for 4 weeks and walking for 2 weeks. It may take up to 12 weeks until you can see the final results of your surgery, and scars will continue to improve over 18 months.

Uncommon risks relating to ear surgery include infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, and bleeding, numbness and ears returning to previous state.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the operation time?
1 hour.

What type of Anaesthesia is used?
Local or general.

How long is the stay in hospital?
Day case.

What, if any, are the common risks?
Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, skin irregularity.

What, if any, are the uncommon risks?
Infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, numbness, recurrence.

How long will there be pain and discomfort?
3-7 days.

How long after surgery will a follow-up appointment occur?
1 week after, 4 weeks after and finally 3 months after.

How much time off work will I need?
1-2 weeks.

When will I be able to do normal activities again?
2 weeks before walking, 4 weeks before jogging, 6 weeks before everything else.

When can I expect the final results to show?
12 weeks until final result, scars continue to improve over 18 months.