Prominent ear correction
Most ear surgeries are done to correct prominent ears. They can also be done to remove large piercing holes, or reduce the size of a large ear lobule.
Ear surgery can be done at any age, but it is best done in children once they are interested in surgery and will willingly participate in their after care, and this is usually after the age of 7 or 8, depending on the child’s emotional and skeletal maturity.
How is it done?
- The technique will vary depending on your physical features and the methods that are required for the particular desired look. Prominent ear surgery will modify the natural fold of the ear, by making changes to the cartilage framework of the ear. Ear surgeries can last from 45 to 180 minutes depending on their complexity.
Why is it done?
Ear surgery can be done for a number of reasons:
- correct prominent ears
- reduce the size of a large dangling ear lobe
- remove an excessively large piercing hole
- remove a keloid scar from ear
What should I do before?
Prepare a “recovery area” in your home. This may include pillows, ice packs, a thermometer and a telephone within easy reach. Make sure you arrange for a relative or friend to drive you to and from the hospital or clinic. Someone should also stay with you for at least 24 hours after you return home. It is very important that your recovery area is clean and ideally pet-free, to minimise the chances of infection.
For the best results and minimal complications, you are strongly advised to stop smoking, at least for 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after your surgery.
Your surgeon will give detailed preoperative instructions. Follow them carefully. You may chose to take advantage of our natural therapies to maximise the benefits of your treatment.
You will also be asked to provide a complete medical history for your surgeon including any health problems you have had, any medication you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Your surgeon will also advise you if any other tests are required, such as blood tests, X-ray examinations or ECGs.
You may be advised to stop taking certain medicines such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, and medicines that contain aspirin. You may also be asked to stop taking naturopathic substances such as garlic, ginko, ginseng and St John’s Wort as they may affect clotting and anaesthesia. Always tell your surgeon EVERYTHING you are taking.
You may be given medicines to take before the surgery, such as natural therapies.
What should I expect after?
You will have a dressing which needs to remain intact until your follow up visit to Luxe Clinic.
There is usually minimal discomfort with ear procedure.
As with all surgical procedures, revisional surgery may be necessary to correct minor irregularities.
What are possible complications?
Major complications are unusual with any ear surgery.
Bleeding, bruising, infection, and delay in wound healing are possible.
Occasionally revisional surgery is required to obtain the desired look.
Some people are prone to keloid scars particularly on the ears, and this is the case you may end up with such scars after any ear procedure.
How much will it cost?
The cost depends on the anaesthetic fee, private hospital fee, private operating facility fee, extent of surgery required, whether this procedure is carried out at the same time as other procedures, and many other factors. The only accurate way to give you a reasonable estimate is to assess your needs when you visit us.
How much time off work will I need?
For correction of prominent ears, most people require two weeks of time off work. We strongly recommend no strenuous exercise for 6 weeks after surgery.
For all other type of ear surgery, patient usually returns to normal activities the same or the following day.
If your work is very strenuous, you may choose to return to modified duties for a few weeks to aid in your recovery.