Setting back prominent ears (otoplasty; pinnaplasty)

Before Operation

Before Operation

Approximately 1 to 2% of the population in the United Kingdom consider their ears to be too prominent. In many cases the shape and lie of the ears is inherited, and a family trend can be seen.

The most prominent ears often lack a normal fold, and sometimes one ear is more prominent than the other.

After Operation

After Operation

People with prominent ears are sometimes teased, particularly during their school years, and this can lead to a loss of self confidence.

 

Key facts:

  • Reduce the prominence of the ears
  • Dressing worn for up to 10 days after surgery
  • May be sore and tender after the surgery
  • Risk that they may not hold properly and a need for further surgery