What is ear pinning surgery?
Ear pinning surgery, also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, is used to change the size or shape of the ears, or to pin them back if they stick out. It is usually carried out on children and teenagers, but some adults may opt to have the procedure too. Children must be over the age of five to have pinnaplasty, as younger ears are still developing and growing.
60 - 90 mins
What happens during ear pinning surgery?
Pinnaplasty is performed under local anaesthetic, depending on the age of the patient. The operation usually takes between one to two hours, and during the operation, the surgeon will make a cut at the back of the ear and peel off some skin from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage is changed so that the ear is closer to the head, and the doctor can also correct the symmetry of the ears. The wounds are then closed with stitches and a dressing is applied.
What happens after pinnaplasty?
Following surgery, the ears may be sore, tender or numb for a few days and the patient may need to wear a bandage around their head. They will not be able to wash their hair for a few days whilst leaving the dressing on to protect the ears from infection. It is useful to sleep upright for a few nights following surgery.
There may be bruising for a few weeks and we recommend taking time off school or work to let this heal. The stitches may come to the surface and cause the ear to feel sore, which can be treated with over the counter pain medication. After 10 days the stitches are removed.
What are the possible complications of ear pinning surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks of complications, however complications are unusual. There can be a collection of blood between the skin and the cartilage, which creates 'cauliflower ear'. On some occasions, the skin may scab and the patient must be very careful with their dressings to ensure that underlying cartilage is not exposed, dried out or infected. If it does dry out then it can cause a misshapen ear and another procedure will be needed to repair the hole with a skin graft. If the area is red, swollen or painful post-operation, this may be a sign of infection and the patient should consult their doctor.
What is earlobe repair surgery?
Earlobe repair surgery is a quick and simple minor surgical procedure to correct split earlobes and/or stretched earlobes. Earlobe skin is delicate, and it can be split, ripped or stretched over time by earrings, especially those on the heavy side.
The surgery is a quick and simple procedure carried out under local anaesthetic, with excellent results and no downtime.
60 - 90 mins
How long does earlobe surgery take to heal?
Earlobes should be fully healed in 4-6 weeks, but heavy earrings should be avoided for 6 months. Scars will fade over time with proper care.
What are the risks associated with earlobe repair?
The chance of experiencing complications during or after this treatment are uncommon, but the potential risks include infection and excessive scarring.
Ear pinning and earlobe repair at Fourways
Ear pinning and earlobe repair is carried out at Fourways by Pei Pei Cheang.