Many people with prominent or abnormally shaped ears frequently experience anxiety and loss of self-confidence. Ear correction surgery, or 'otoplasty' and in some cases 'pinnaplasty' addresses this problem by re-positioning overly prominent ears closer to the head. Pinnaplasty or otoplasty is an operation which adjusts the shape of the cartilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head. Because the operation is carried out from behind the ears, a small scar is left close to the groove between the ear and the side of the head. The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic, but in young children a general anaesthetic is usually required. Where the lobe of the ear is especially large, a small procedure to reduce its size may also be required.
Performing the procedure in local anaesthesia allows patients to leave the clinic on the day of the surgery. The surgery itself runs without any pain but after the surgery for 2-3 days a patient can feel pain and discomfort in treated area. It can be controlled by painkillers.