Protruding ears, which are also commonly referred to as bat ears, are a common problem in both children and adults. Fortunately, non-surgical otoplasty can be used to correct this without the need for incisions or anaesthesia.
No-incision otoplasty FAQs
What can non-surgical otoplasty help with?
Patients who have protruding ears that they want to pull closer to their heads in order to achieve a more desirable appearance will benefit from no-incision otoplasty.
What are the limitations?
Patients need to be at least 8 years of age in order to be candidates for this procedure, which means that younger children will need to look into alternative options in order to correct protruding ears.
What happens during this procedure?
A local anaesthetic will be administered in order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Thereafter, a surgeon will use non-absorbable sutures to correct and reshape the ears.An ears pinned back procedure at Dr Zurek clinic won’t take longer than an hour.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After any non-surgical otoplasty procedure, patients can expect some swelling, tenderness and bruising, which will subside within a few days. Some patients may also notice small needle puncture marks behind their ears but these will also disappear within a few days. Even though the ears won’t be bandaged, patients will be asked to sleep with a headband for the first two weeks following their surgery in order to keep the ears in place.
How much recovery time will I require?
One of the main reasons why non-surgical otoplasty is such a popular choice is because you will only need 1 to 2 days to recover before you can return to work or school as well as your regular daily activities. Traditional otoplasty requires far more downtime since incisions are made at the back of the ear, which increases the risk of complications. While patients will be able to resume regular exercise after a week, all contact sports should be avoided for 3 to 6 months in order to protect the ears and give them enough time to heal.
Are there any potential complications?
Other than the fact that your sutures might come undone, there are no major complications associated with this procedure. If your sutures do happen to come undone, a revision may be required. If you experience any discomfort after your procedure, it can easily be managed with over the counter pain medications. However, as with any surgical procedure, if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms after your procedure, it’s best to get in touch with your doctor immediately.
Before you get your ears pinned, it’s important to set realistic expectations. Remember that the aim is to improve your ears, not perfect them. Your ears will never be completely symmetrical so it’s important to not walk into your procedure thinking that your ears will look perfect once you leave.
If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, speak to a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who is qualified and specialises in otoplasty procedures.