Prominent ear surgery – what’s involved?

Prominent ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is one of the most common procedures we carry out here at our cosmetic surgery clinic in Manchester.  We also help people with a variety of other ear-related issues – lop ear, in which the tip seems to fold down and forward; cupped ear, whereby the ear is particularly small and also shell ear, where the curve in the outer rim as well as the natural fold and creases are missing. We also help people who have stretched or creased earlobes.

It’s estimated that 1 in 100 people in the UK think that their ears are too prominent. For most, the impact is minimal, for others there is a deeper emotional result.   For so many people, ear correction surgery has a life-changing impact, enabling them to live with greater confidence and higher self-esteem.

Of course, young people are particularly vulnerable to teasing and while girls often grow their hair to cover their ears, young men find it much more difficult to hide their ears.  Ear correction surgery is one of the few cosmetic surgery procedures which is suitable for children and young people, and we treat children from around the age of 8.

People who do not have ear surgery in childhood often turn to us later on life but all too often their self-esteem has already been knocked and their relationships and careers are adversely affected.  This is partly because they feel that other people focus on their ears rather than on what they have to say.

What does prominent ear surgery involve?

Prominent ear surgery is relatively straight-forward and takes one to two hours.  In most instances surgery is performed on both ears to ensure the results are symmetrical.

There are two common techniques – the right one depends upon a patient’s current ear shape and the shape they want to achieve.  One of the more familiar techniques involves making a small incision at the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage.  The cartilage is then sculpted and bent back towards the head using non-removable stitches, if required, to support the new shape.  Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a larger piece of cartilage to achieve a more natural-looking fold.

An alternative procedure involves making a similar incision in the back of the ear then removing the skin and placing stitches to fold the cartilage back on itself in order to reshape the ear.  This technique means that cartilage does not have to be removed.

After surgery most people’s ears throb or ache a little but this can be relieved with medication.  As for scarring, most people are left with a small scar behind their ear but this usually fades over time.

To find out more about prominent ear surgery at our Manchester cosmetic surgery clinic, please get in touch to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.


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