Otoplasty, also known as Pinnaplasty or ear reshaping, is a relatively straightforward and simple cosmetic surgery procedure to resize, reshape, reposition or hold back the ears. Pinnaplasty addresses lobule reduction (reducing the size of the ear lobes); which can either come from the use of heavy jewellery or occur over time.
As prominent features of the body, ear shape and size can have a major effect on how we feel about our appearance. The function of the ear is not affected by its shape however large or protruding ears have been known to affect confidence and therefore this is a common corrective procedure.
Duration: 1-2 hours
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthetic or sedation
Hospital Stay: Single day care
Downtime: The patient can return to daily activities within hours. The head bandage and stitches are removed after 7-10 days, however it can take three weeks for swelling and bruising to subside.
Suitable for: Large protruding ears/lop ear or small ears, shell ears (no outer curve in the cartilage), Torn ear lobes (caused by jewellery)