Ear correction explained
Ear correction surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure design to alter the shape, size or position of the ear. This includes pinning them back if they stick out.
Ear correction surgery is available for people of all ages but is more commonly carried out on children and teenagers.
The procedure is generally considered to be safe and the outcome of the surgery is received positively by most people that have had it done. Having said that, as otoplasty is an elective procedure it can be expensive and there are still some risks, no matter how small or unlikely, that need to be considered.
Why have ear correction surgery?
Ears are a very prominent feature of the face. Adjusting the shape, size and position of the ears can improve the balance of the face and generally improve the proportions of facial features.
Here are some benefits of ear correction surgery:
- Improve confidence
- Increase self-esteem
- Look rejuvenated
- Correct asymmetry.
Here are some reasons to have ear correction surgery:
- Not happy with the size of the ears
- Not happy with the shape of the ears
- Ears stick out
How much does ear correction surgery cost?
The cost of ear correction surgery can vary from person to person, depending on their requirements. There are many factors that can impact the cost of this procedure including, but not limited to, where the procedure is carried out, the extent of the surgery and whether additional surgery or treatment is required to achieve the desire result.
According to NHS data the cost of ear correction surgery is in the range of £2,500 to £3,500, not including consultation or follow up fees. Some clinics will include additional fees into their pricing.
Other online pricing data show the cost of otoplasty in the UK ranging from £1,600 to £4,000 with a median average cost of £2,800.
When you receive a quote for the treatment it’s important to carefully review what is included in the price. This way you can make a better comparison of the different offers.
How to choose where to go for ear correction surgery?
Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you may want to check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice
At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like arm and thigh lift surgery, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK.
Find an ear correction clinic in your area
In addition to finding a place to have ear correction surgery, you should also research and consider the doctor who is going to carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.
Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.
What is involved in ear correction surgery?
The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic on older children and adults. The procedure can take up to 2 hours to complete. You will be able to go home on the day of the surgery.
The surgery generally involves making a small incision at the back of the ear, exposing the cartilage. If needed, excess cartilage can be removed. The remaining tissue and cartilage can be adjusted, reshaped and stitched back into its new position.
After ear correction surgery and recovery
In the first few days after surgery you may need to wear bandages around the ears to protect from risk of infection. During that time, you may also feel some discomfort, pain or numbness and notice some bruising and swelling.
Your surgeon may suggest taking time off work or school while the bruising and swelling goes down.
It is important to protect your ears during the early stages the recovery process. Your surgeon may recommend the use of a head band for a few weeks while the ear heals.
Avoid any sudden or vigorous activity that may cause risk of damage or discomfort to you.
Side effects of ear correction surgery and complications
It is common to experience some of the following effects after surgery:
- Tightness around the face and ears
- Swelling and bruising
- Some scarring that usually fade
- Mild pain and discomfort
Like a lot of cosmetic procedure, there is some level of risk associated to ear correction or otoplasty surgery.
- Bleeding from the wound
- Getting infections
- Stitches coming apart before fully healing
- Under or over correction – can usually be corrected, but will need to be discussed with the surgeon.
During your consultation, the surgeon should discuss all the risks and possible complication of ear correction surgery.
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you have received, you should contact the CQC.
Things to consider before your ear correction surgery
Choosing to have cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work or school?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready to go for ear correction surgery, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.