Correction of Prominent Ears or Pinnaplasty is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery where correction of prominent or abnormally shaped ears is done. Prominent Ears or bat ears as they are commonly called, frequently make people anxious and thus loss of self-confidence. Ear correction surgery, or 'otoplasty' as commonly known addresses this problem by making these overly prominent ears closer to the head. Pinnaplasty or otoplasty is an operation which reshapes the cartilage to make the ear lie closer to the side of the head. As the operation is done on the back side of ears, a small scar thus formed lies behind the ear and making it close to the side of the head. As the procedure is carried out in young children so general anaesthesia is usually required. When the lobe of the ear is large, a small procedure is done to reduce its size, or when split lobule is present, its stitching surgery is called lobuloplasty.
Lobuloplasty is usually done under local anaesthesia, so patients can leave the clinic on the day of the surgery. The surgery procedure itself is without any pain due to local anaesthesia but after the surgery patient can feel pain for 2-3 days. This pain can be controlled by simple painkillers.
Pinnaplasty which is done under general anaesthesia, patients need to stay overnight, although some places it is done as day care procedure.