Ears can be reshaped surgically to enhance your overall cosmetic appearance.
The procedure is routinely undertaken for the following purposes:
This is an informal consultation between you and Dr Silva to understand your objectives and discuss the options available to you along with the potential outcomes. It may be possible to provide a quote at this time.
You will meet the surgeon. The procedure will be discussed further and a treatment option chosen. The surgeon will discuss what you can expect before, during and after the operation and will also discuss what you must do pre- and post-operatively. You will be quoted a price for the procedure and the procedure date will be booked.
Once you are happy to go ahead with the procedure you will attend for a full medical history and examination. All pre-operative forms will be completed and you will receive a pre and post procedure information leaflet. You will also be reviewed by an anaesthetist at this appointment.
This is the final pre-operative consultation on the day of the procedure. Written consent will be obtained and countersigned by the operating surgeon and your pre-operative photographs will be taken on this day.
Who can have this procedure?
Anybody can have this procedure. The younger you are, the more flexible your ear cartilage is, making it easier to achieve the desired shape.
How long is the surgical procedure performed?
It can take between one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
An incision is made on the scalp, just behind the ear. Depending on the type of procedure being undertaken, our Surgeon will work to pin the ears back or mould the cartilage to the right shape.
Dissolvable stitches are used for skin closure.
How long will I take to recover?
Down time is minimal and it is generally 24 to 48 hours before patients can go back to school or work.
Contact sports should be avoided for 2 months.
What are the risks and complications?
How will the scar look afterwards?
A thin white scar which is almost invisible will be hidden in the ear crease. Very occasionally lumpy scar/keloid tissue due to excess scar tissue develops.
What ‘After’ care will I need to follow?
You will be given a ‘post surgery’ advice leaflet with detailed information.
Cosmetic ear surgery, especially for adults, is unlikely to be offered free on the NHS. Please see your General Practitioner to confirm this before you make a decision to see us. Prices range from £1000 to £2500 and will depend upon the type of surgery required and the complexity of the procedure.