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Ears and expertise: An insight into pinnaplasty

In his latest online article, Mr Simon Eccles give us his insights into pinnaplasty, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to correct prominent ears. Ear shape can vary significantly, and it is not uncommon for individuals to have ears that differ from each other. While ear cartilage becomes firmer with age, 90% of ear growth is typically completed by the age of 8. Pinnaplasty is a versatile procedure that can be performed at any age, from childhood to adulthood. Common concerns that lead people to consider pinnaplasty include asymmetrical ears and ears that protrude excessively from the sides of the head. These issues often result from a lack of proper ear cartilage folding, known as the anti-helical fold, and an overpronounced "concha" or bowl part of the ear. In some cases, both factors contribute to ear prominence.

Cosmetic tourism – is it a good idea?

Many patients are electing to undergo cosmetic surgery procedures abroad. There has been a huge increase in cosmetic tourism in the last few years, and some patients are combining surgery with holidays. Mr Simon Eccles, a leading craniofacial plastic surgeon, explains how the risks of ‘cosmetic tourism’ can outweigh the supposed benefits for the patient.

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