Pinnaplasty (Prominent Ear Correction)

 

What is a pinnaplasty?

 

Pinnaplasty is the operation to correct prominent ears. Prominent ears arise when the cartilage fails to fold backwards and there is loss of the helical fold. The aim of the pinnaplasty is to fold back the cartilage to restore the helical fold.

 

How is a pinnaplasty performed?

 

A pinnaplasty is performed as a day case procedure either under local or general anaesthetic. It involves making an incision at the back of the ear in the fold. Sutures are then used to fold the cartilage back into the desired position. The skin is then closed with stitches.

 

What are the risks or complications of pinnaplasty?

 

The potential risks associated with pinnaplasty are: asymmetry, haematoma, recurrence, infection.