Prominent ear correction
What is Prominent ear correction?
During childhood, ears can become noticeably prominent by either sticking out, not forming their subtle curves correctly or by being asymmetric.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
In the early weeks of life, the shape can be improved with external moulding splints. The earlier on in life that they are applied the more effect they have. Splints are ineffective for children over the age of five. When the cartilage is mature and stiff enough for a surgical correction to be stable, manipulation of the cartilage’s shape with permanent internal sutures can achieve a more normal or symmetrical appearance. This is usually performed under general anaesthetic. In adults, prominent ears can be corrected under local anaesthetic.
How long do the results last for?
Once the results have been stable for a year, they normally last for life.
What are the risks?
There is a 10% risk of the internal sutures coming loose in the first year and some degree of prominence becoming noticeable again. If significant, the operation can be repeated with ease.
What are the success rates?
90% have a stable long term excellent result.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £100 for non-surgical splints
From £5,000 for surgery
What general advice is there?
During the first six weeks of splinting or following surgery, it is important to protect the ears from inadvertent forward-movements particularly when sleeping. If relevant, contact sports should also be avoided for this period.
Facts for Prominent ear correction
- Surgery duration: 1.5 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: Usually general anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: Day case
- Time off work: 1 week
- Recovery time: 48 hours
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 2
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen)
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