A pinnaplasty (also known as otoplasty) is a straightforward operation to reset the outer ear or "pinna" to a more favourable position, closer to the side of the head, to make the ear appear less noticeable. This can have definite advantages in that less attention is drawn to the person. They can feel comfortable with their hair worn up and a swimming hat or helmet can be worn easily and comfortably.
Mr Mike O’Connell tells us more about the pinnaplasty procedure and what to expect after it.
How is the operation carried out?
The operation can be performed under local or general anaesthesia and requires no more than a day in hospital. The ears are repositioned using permanent stitches, discreetly placed under the skin. These are not noticeable and do not need to be removed.
A head bandage is applied during the surgery to keep the ears in position for the first week after surgery and after removal, a head bandage is advised for nighttime wear for up to one month. Skin stitches are completely dissolvable.
After the pinnaplasty
The ears are uncomfortable for a short period after the pinnaplasty, but this is easily managed with basic pain relief. The patients’ normal daily routine can resume after seven to ten days, but serious exercise and swimming need to be avoided for at least a month after the operation. Dr Mike O’Connell reviews all of his patients one week after surgery and eight weeks after surgery and in between if needed.
Can I still have my ears pierced after a pinnaplasty?
Yes, ear piercing can be undertaken after pinnaplasty surgery, but Mr Mike O’ Connell usually asks the patient to wait for 4-6 weeks for the ear to recover before having the ear pierced.
How much does a pinnaplasty cost?
A pinnaplasty costs anything from £3700 which includes hospital, general anaesthetic charges and surgical fees. The price is reduced accordingly for local anaesthesia operations. Prices vary for each hospital, but a quote can be provided on request. This includes medical images and follow up care.
Ear reshaping or a pinnaplasty is a personal decision. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your ears or they get in the way, then a pinnaplasty can effectively resolve these concerns. Results are good from pinnaplasty surgery and patient satisfaction is high.