INSTANTLY FIX LARGE, PROTRUDING,
ELF EARS WITH AN OTOPLASTY IN LONDON
Do you have large or protruding ears? Are you conscious about how your ears stick out of the sides of your face? Do you have disproportionately large ears? If you are keen to get rid of such concerns and have your ears frame your face more appealingly, you might consider getting a Otoplasty.
Otoplasty, also referred to as cosmetic ear surgery, or ear pinning surgery, or pinnaplasty, is a surgery to reduce, reshape, resize, or reposition the ears; or to pin them back if they are sticking out.
At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic in London, our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest equipment and techniques to provide you with naturally appealing results from your Otoplasty that enhance your confidence and self-esteem.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
Local Anesthesia/ IV Sedation; General Anesthesia for kids
WHY CHOOSE HASAN SURGERY & DR. HASAN ALI FOR YOUR OTOPLASTY IN LONDON?
- Dr. Hasan Ali is among the most experienced plastic surgeons in Dubai, if not, the best plastic surgeon in London. He has an unparalleled body of work for facial contouring surgeries, including Otoplasty. The results obtained by his clients and their satisfaction levels are second to none.
- An Otoplasty is a facial contouring surgery. Great, natural-looking, and long-lasting results from such surgeries requires a plastic surgeon who has an acute grasp of facial anatomy, and also prioritizes your safety. A skilled Otoplasty surgeon is a facial contouring expert with extensive experience to perform the ear surgery successfully without any negative impact. And in that respect, Dr. Hasan Ali is highly accomplished.
- Dr. Hasan is known for his exceptional skills as a plastic surgeon. He is that rare kind of plastic surgeon who is widely respected and trusted by his patients and fellow doctors alike. He has performed 5,000+ surgeries with outstanding results.
- Dr. Hasan’s clinic – Hasan Surgery –is based in Harley Street, London, UK & Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE. At our London practice, we perform surgeries at top accredited clinics/ hospitals in London.
- With our special Dubai medical tourism packages, you can also choose to do your surgery at our Dubai clinic with follow-ups at our London clinic. True to Dr. Hasan’s desire for excellence, our Dubai clinic is a unique, highly modern, state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery clinic. It is the 1st AAAASF accredited plastic surgery clinic in Dubai, which is the global gold standard for outpatient surgical facility accreditation, acknowledging our high standards, latest technology, and focus on patient safety. It is also a rare plastic surgery clinic that has been awarded an appreciation letter for scoring 100% on a safety survey – an exemplary achievement and commitment to quality and patient safety.
- Because of his high standing as a top plastic surgeon in London & Dubai, Dr. Hasan Ali is also a renowned trainer of plastic surgeons, surveyor, and examiner.
BEFORE / AFTER GALLERY
As per UK regulations, we are not permitted to showcase images without written patient consent. The below before/after images are only those for which we have patient consent. For this procedure, we have a vast collection of before/after images, but those have not been consented to by our patients for public display. We would be delighted to show you our results during your initial consultation. We encourage you to ask our surgeons for the same during the consultation.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a safe and effective cosmetic surgery that is aimed at redefining the shape, size, proportion, and position of your ears. It corrects large ears (macrotia) or protruding ears (also called “bat” ears or “elf” ears that make people (especially kids) the butt of jokes and leave them self-conscious. The ear correction is achieved by removing excess skin and cartilage from the back of the ears.
The shape of our ears is largely determined at birth itself. Once ears are fully formed, their shape and size typically remains the same throughout our life. However, in some cases, an ear deformity may be due to an injury or congenital factors. Prominently enlarged ears can cause deep distress for both children and adults and can be corrected via Otoplasty. The pinna or the outer ear is modified to match with the rest of your facial contours, providing symmetry to your face.
How is Otoplasty performed?
Otoplasty is done either under local anesthesia or IV sedation. For kids, it is done under general anesthesia. During the surgery, your plastic surgeon will mark your ears and make incisions on the part/s from where excess skin and cartilage is to be extracted.
The incision is made behind the ear or on the front (inside) of the ear, depending on the type of correction needed. For protruding ears, excess skin and cartilage is removed and the incisions closed in a way that the ears are close to the ears as is natural (ear pinning surgery). For large ears but without concerns about protrusion, an earlobe reduction may also be involved along with trimming of the excess skin and cartilage to reduce the ear size (ear reduction surgery). If there is a concern of large ears and protrusion, ear pinning and ear reduction may both be needed. If you are missing ear folds that people usually have, that can also be fixed during the Otoplasty.
Otoplasty may be performed on one or both ears.
Is Otoplasty safe for kids? What is the ideal age for a child to have an Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is absolutely safe for kids with a good plastic surgeon and clinic. It is recommended for kids to have an Otoplasty as early as possible after the age of 5 years. By that age, the ear cartilage has sufficiently developed for the Otoplasty to be performed.
There is also a non-surgical option of ear splinting for infants born with prominent ears. Ear splinting can be done shortly after birth – up to the age of 2-3 weeks.
Who is an ideal candidate for Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is indicated for kids above 5 years of age and adults who have excessively large ears (macrotia) or protruding ears that affects their facial symmetry and self-esteem.
Otoplasty is not meant for hearing improvement.
The ideal candidate should be a generally healthy person. He or she should not have any medical condition that could interfere with the healing of the wound.
Prior to ensuring your candidature for the Otoplasty, your surgeon will review your medical history and past and present health condition. You will have to discuss the medication you are on, including any herbal supplements.
As a possible Otoplasty candidate, you must have realistic expectations about your resultant appearance after the procedure. You must stop smoking prior to the surgery and after the surgery, as tobacco can slow down the blood flow to the skin and thereby slow down the healing process.
The surgery will show desirable results only on people who are generally healthy and do not have any previous history of having cardiac issues, pulmonary emboli, excessive bleeding, seizures, immunodeficiency disorders, or deep vein thrombosis. People with such conditions are discouraged from undergoing this procedure due to a higher risk of surgical complications.
People who are on certain anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs are also discouraged from undergoing an ear pinning or ear reduction surgery.
What are the different types/ techniques of Otoplasty?
Depending on the surgical technique used for the ear pinning surgery or pinnaplasty, Otoplasty is categorized into:
Cartilage Sparing Techniques: As the name suggests, the ear cartilage is not impacted with this technique. Only stitches and sutures are used to achieve the desired results.
Cartilage Scoring Techniques: As indicated, the cartilage is “scored” or cut with this technique. Incisions made in the cartilage are used to adjust the cartilage as needed.
Another classification based on the cosmetic/ functional issue that is corrected is:
Traditional Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty or Ear Pinning Surgery – This is performed to pin back protruding ears, i.e. the pinna, which is the outer section of the ears.
Reconstructive Otoplasty (including Ear Reduction Surgery) – Reconstructive Otoplasty is concerned with correction of congenital ear defects or deformities caused by external trauma. This is performed to reduce the size of very large ears and/or earlobes, a condition known as macrotia.
Besides the above categorization which is based on surgical techniques or procedures, Otoplasty can also be Unilateral Otoplasty – done on a single ear or Bilateral Otoplasty – done on both ears.
The type/ technique of Otoplasty needed for you will be determined by your surgeon taking into consideration your facial anatomy, your facial dimensions, the type and extent of correction needed, and other relevant factors.
What ear conditions does Reconstructive Otoplasty correct?
Reconstructive Otoplasty seeks to correct severe ear defects which could be the result of trauma or be congenital (from birth), for example:
Cagot Ear – Absence of earlobe Cat’s Ear – Ear edges are folded forward Cauliflower Ear – Cartilage separation and deformity due to repeated injuries Cleft Earlobe – Earlobe indentation Constricted Ear – Partial absence of skin and cartilage in the outer back section of the ear Cosman or Question Mark Ear – Cleft between the helix (outer curve of the ear) and the earlobe, making the ear resemble a question mark Cryptotia – Upper section of ear is merged into the scalp Microtia – Extremely small ears Macrotia – Extremele large ears and/ or earlobes Scroll Ear – Ears are curled forward, resembling a closed scroll Skin Cancer – Malignant skin can be removed and ear than reconstructed Stahl’s Ear Deformity/ Elf Ears – Ears have a pointed edge like those of an elf Wildermuth’s Ear – The helix is reversed, folding towards the scalp instead of away from it
What is the cost of Otoplasty in London?
The cost of Otoplasty in London depends on the following factors:
- Skill and experience of the plastic surgeon
- Standard of the clinic/ hospital where the surgery will be performed
- The treatment area/s – outer ear, inner ear, earlobes; one or both ears
- Extent of correction needed – skin/ cartilage
- Whether the procedure is combined with other facial contouring surgeries or procedures
It is advised to get an initial consultation from a specialist plastic surgeon to know the cost applicable to your case and your eligibility for the procedure.
What anesthesia is usually given for Otoplasty?
We mostly perform Otoplasty under local anesthesia or IV sedation at our accredited clinic in London. For kids, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited hospital in London.
When can I resume normal activities after my Otoplasty?
Most people are able to go back to work within a week.
What are the possible risks and side effects of Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a delicate procedure and must be performed only with an experienced plastic surgeon. In the hands of a skilled Otoplasty surgeon, the procedure is safe, but the following complications may be seen:
Infection Pain Asymmetry Scarring Swelling Temporary numbness Hematoma (fluid accumulation under the skin) Contour irregularities Possibility of revision surgery
What recovery and post-operative precautions are needed after a Otoplasty?
Most patients experience pain and discomfort after the surgery when anesthesia effects diminish. You will start to feel comfortable after 2-3 days.
Immediately after the Otoplasty, the incision locations will look red, bruised, uneven, swollen, or discolored, and scarring will also be visible. It is normal to feel some loss of sensation in the treated areas after the Otoplasty. This temporary numbness will go away once the part is completely healed.
You will be prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection. During your first week of recovery, you can expect issues with pain and bruising. The pain is managed with prescribed medications and the bruising through cold compresses. You should get plenty of rest during this time.
After the first week of recovery, it is necessary to do a follow-up visit with your plastic surgeon to monitor your progres and to check the incision sites.
When will the results of my Otoplasty surgery be visible?
Post-surgery, there will be an immediate visible improvement in the shape and appearance of your treated area, though there will be bruising and swelling that may last for 2-4 weeks. The final results from your Otoplasty will typically be visible between 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
How can I maintain the results of my Otoplasty surgery?
Otoplasty results are typically long-lasting. Most people get the benefit of lifelong results. However, injury or illness can change your ear shape in the future.
For best results, strictly follow the care instructions of your plastic surgeon, prior to, and in the aftermath of the surgery.
*Disclaimer: Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Results Can Vary Significantly Between Patients. In terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, surgery, recovery, and healing period. For more information, please read our Full Disclaimer.
In addition to the before/after images of our work, the praise of our clients regarding our services is the best and highest reinforcement of our abilities. It’s also our biggest motivator.
I highly recommend Dr. Hasan Ali of Hasan Surgery, Dubai. He answered my questions very openly , honestly and concisely . I am very pleased with the results. The clinic is very modern and comfortable . The well chosen staff is welcoming . Dr Ali is a professional and talented surgeon who I highly recommend.
Sadia Bader (Prior to 2020)
Great Team! Great Equipment! Doctor Hasan is super professional, kind and genuinely cares. The results you get for what you pay is 10/10. The follow up is amazing. One more important thing is that you don’t get the feeling that they’re selling you anything unnecessary for you just to get more money out of it. Great experience!
Stefan Muntean (2020)
I’m very happy with my results. Dr. Hasan Ali is very professional and I feel he has magical hands. I love the clinic it’s very neat, clean, comfortable and fully equipped I highly recommend Dr. Hasan Ali
Abeera Nayyer (Prior to 2020)
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