Your surgeon will always discuss with you and recommend the treatment that is appropriate for you. During the consultation, the surgeon will also explain the treatment, its results and benefits, the duration of the result and the frequency of repeating the treatment.
Otoplasty or ear pinning is designed to correct ears that protrude.
Otoplasty procedure is performed on our Harley Street Clinic under Local Anesthetic with Sedation and usually takes about an hour.
Before your surgery
In the week before, you should not take any medications containing aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid), since these products affect the bloods clotting mechanism and therefore may lead to excessive bleeding during and after surgery, hence resulting in increased bruising. Taking high doses of vitamin E preparations, eating large amounts of garlic and consuming alcohol can also produce the same result and should be avoided. If pain medication is necessary, we recommend you take ibuprofen/paracetamol.
It is in your own best interests to quit smoking, at least two weeks before and until 2 weeks after surgery. It is well known that smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels, which leads to a decreased blood supply to the skin, thus slowing and interfering with the healing process.
Be sure to inform your surgeon of any medications you take, as well as possible allergies including (drug, latex, plasters and so on).
Your Otoplasty Surgery
The surgeon will make a cut just behind the ear in the neutral fold where the ear meets the head. Cartilage and skin are then removed from the ear and the initial cut stitched up. Bandages and dressings are then applied to the ears to protect the area.
After the Operation
While the stitches heal, you may feel your ears are pulling or feel tight. You will need to return to the clinic after 7 days to have your bandages and sutures (stitches) removed.
If you have any further questions or queries about this procedure, please feel free to call and speak to either Dr. Roberto Viel, Dr. Maurizio Viel or any of our nurses. Please note that it is necessary to attend a consultation prior to your operation, this is also the case with existing patients, it may also be necessary to have repeat blood tests.