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No. Ear reshaping surgery procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
The results of ear pinning surgery are effectively permanent. A single procedure is all most clients ever require.
All surgeries carry some risks. For otoplasty procedures, these include the risk of cosmetic asymmetry, infection and haematoma.
About a week after your ear reshaping surgery, you can resume light exercise. You should avoid more strenuous exercise for two weeks after your ear reshaping surgery.
For ear correction surgery, a small incision is made in the crease behind the ear. The ear is then reshaped to a less prominent and/or more pleasing appearance with the use of permanent sutures.
The recovery after ear surgery is usually about three to seven days. Swelling, redness, aching or throbbing may occur, but will not be severe. Within a few days of your ear surgery, the bandage will be removed and will be replaced with a headband-like dressing.
As with any surgical procedure, there are scars. Since the otoplasty incisions are placed within the natural creases behind the ears, the scars are small and well hidden. This will allow for incisions, or scars, to be barely visible within several months following the procedure.
During your ear surgery consultation, your medical history will be taken, your goals discussed and your ears examined. Surgical consultations at botonics are always with the surgeon that will do the procedure for you and are free of charge. An ear correction technique will be recommended and all aspects explained including the anaesthesia, the results, the risks, the costs, etc.
An ear pinning procedure normally takes about one to two hours to perform.
Clients will likely experience some mild discomfort after pinnaplasty surgery. Your ears may ache or throb for a few days, but over the counter medication can be taken to minimise any discomfort.
Our clients tell us that pinnaplasty procedures are much less uncomfortable than they expect.
At botonics, we usually use a local anaesthetic for pinnaplasty procedures which means the procedure is safer, does not require a hospital stay and recovery is quicker and easier for the client. While some clients may feel uneasy about being awake during the procedure, rest assured that the combination of a gentle sedative and support of caring staff make clients less anxious than they expect.
Healthy men, women and children with protruding or asymmetric ears may be good candidates for ear reshaping surgery.
Client should check with their own insurer, though pinnaplasty is occasionally covered by insurance.