Who Is It For?
The most common ear abnormality is the prominent ear. If the ears protrude considerably, they attract other people’s attention and may be the cause of unpleasant comments. While the adults normally consider this aspect to be a cosmetic problem, it might become a stressful situation for children who must often face mockery. Prominent ears normally affect self-confidence, bring embarrassment and cause limitations for example in the hairstyle choice. Ear pinning surgery is a rather simple solution to the problem.
Make sure you will get time off work (depending on the operation and the nature of your job). You will need support and help from the family and friends in the recovery period (avoiding physically demanding jobs, important social events etc.); if needed (and possible), arranging for children care.
No acute illnesses should occur in the period of at least 3 weeks prior to the planned ear pinning surgery (a viral illness, a cold etc.). If so, it is necessary to inform us.
One week before the operation, do not take any medications containing acetylsalicyclic acid (such as Acylpyrin, Aspirin, Alnagon, Mironal etc.). It might increase bleeding during and after the surgery of ear.
Ideally, one month (minimum two weeks) before the ear pinning procedure women should stop taking hormonal contraception or replacement in order to prevent thromboembolism.
Consult your GP or your surgeon in Prague regarding other medications you take regularly. Bring your usual medicine and pills, if possible in the original packaging.
It is recommended to stop or considerably reduce smoking two weeks before the operation. If you are a smoker don’t forget to bring nicotine patches with you.
Ear pinning surgery requires the use of elastic garment after the procedure. You can either bring your own or you can buy them at the clinic. We recommend buying them after the consultation with your surgeon who will try the elastic garments on and decide which size and type is suitable for you.
Ideally, women should not have their period when operated. If they do, they need to inform their doctor.
How Is It Done?
Surgery of ear consists in loosening the skin behind the auricles and remodelling the cartilage and adjacent muscles. Thus the ear can be repositioned and moved closer to the head. The incision is made behind the lobe, so that the scar is hidden and not easily visible.
Surgery of ear is performed under local anaesthesia or by client’s request under intravenous sedation, which is more comfortable because the patient sleeps during the operation. It usually takes less than one hour.
The client stays at the clinic overnight. The ears are fixated by a bandage which needs to be changed the second and the fourth day after the operation. The bandage is worn for two weeks and even after this period it is recommended to wear a protective band at night for two or three weeks more. It is also necessary to pay special attention to regular hygiene of the area. Sometimes ears can be a little bit sensitive, but this is a normal postoperative symptom which quickly subsides.
Until the bandages are removed, it is important to rest. The ideal position is on the back, with the head and body slightly elevated, to reduce, as much as possible, any post-operative complications. It is also advisable to use two pillows on each side to avoid lying on the side during the night and harming the operated area.
Within five to seven days of the ear pinning surgery, once back at home, you can wash your hair with tepid water and preferably mild (for example, baby) shampoo. Attention should be paid to careful movements when drying the hair and a soft towel is advised.
After the bandages have been removed, you should clean the area behind the ears with a disinfectant put on cotton wool buds.
Chemical treatment of the hair (dying, perming) is not advisable until several weeks after the operation and always after consultation with the doctor.
In some cases your temperature may slightly rise for a two to three days. An analgesic can easily ease the discomfort connected to any possible pain in the treated area.
You might experience feelings of tightness in the area of the scars and partial loss of sensitivity. This is quite common but soon disappears.
Post-operative bleeding, or bleeding caused by insufficient post-operative care at home
Swelling, Prolonged healing, Haematomas, Infection of the wound
Imperfect effect resulting from non-observance of the post-operative instructions
Back To Normal
If no complications occurred, it is normally possible to return to work and resume customary non-exercise activity within one week after the operation. Normal physical activity including exercise should not be resumed until three weeks after the ear pinning surgery.
The results are remarkably noticeable and permanent.
Ear pinning surgery depends on the client’s wishes and is tailored to their needs. If only one of the ears is prominent, the surgeon may suggest operating on both ears to ensure the same position and angle. It is also possible to correct the size of very large lobes.