Otoplasty Is A Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

Otoplasty Is A Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

In the United Kingdom, cosmetic surgeons all over the country are seeing a rise in the number of people undergoing otoplasty.

Whilst the general public have always favoured procedures such as boob jobs, lip surgery and butt lifts, the last 10 years has seen steady growth in a completely different body part - the ears.

Otoplasty, which includes pinning back the ears, has dramatically risen in the number of surgical procedures being performed.

Whilst once limited to children with symptoms that affected their hearing, the surgery has consistently become one of the most common in the UK for adults who are unhappy with the way their ears look.

The Effects of Protruding Ears

Being unhappy with a body part can make people feel self conscious, lack in confidence, become anxious and even suffer depression because of the way they look.

Having protruding ears can sometimes be more problematic in men, due to the fact that the average hair cut for a man does not 'hide' or cover the ears.

Whereas women can hide features more easily such as using their long hair to cover ears that stick out.


For this very reason, otoplasty has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures amongst men and is in the top list of surgeries overall, along with rhinoplasty, liposuction and facelifts.

Why Otoplasty Procedures Have Risen

One of the reasons why ear correction surgery has risen in popularity is because the procedure became more readily available and more affordable in recent years.

When cosmetic otoplasty came on to the scene, it was very limited on where it was available and expensive.

However, when the costs of procedures decreased and more clinics were able to offer the surgery, the word spread.

Now in 2018 there are a lot more people choosing this surgical procedure and each year the numbers are rising.

Maybe the way in which society has evolved has also played a part.

Many people are very sensitive about their features and appearance, especially as more photos are taken due to the selfie generation.

In addition, due to this increase in technology, such as social media, it is very easy to get offended by a back handed comment and insults are something that can run deep and stick around for a very long time.

Furthermore, once a high profile or semi-high profile figure has undergone surgery, they speak about it online and in magazines. This also brings more awareness and gives the impression to others who may have doubts that things don't have to be the way they are. And things can change for the better, thus improving self confidence and reducing anxiety.

About Otoplasty in the UK

People of all adult ages can undergo ear correction surgery.

However, as we age, changes naturally occur in our body, such as hair loss, which makes camouflaging protruding ears more difficult.

For those considering correction surgery, should know that it is a relatively simple procedure that involves a number of different techniques, such as stitches, tissue removal and cartilage scoring.

Overall the surgery can take around one hour to perform on both ears and in some cases does not require general anaesthetic.

General anaesthetic was a contributing factor to why many people were discouraged from having the procedure.

However, some patients can now be treated using local anaesthetic and treated as an out-patient, with no overnight hospital stay required.

The cosmetic surgery industry is no longer dominated by women.

More and more men are opting for surgery in modern times, from liposuction to ear correction and the trend does not show any signs of slowing going in to 2019.

Pick up the phone and give us a call for a friendly chat about otoplasty and get all your questions answered.

There's no better way than to speak direct with a specialist who can advise you personally on your individual circumstances and the options that you would be an ideal candidate for.

Put the negative thoughts and insults to the back of your mind and understand that just because you may feel the way you do, doesn't mean you should, especially not for the rest of your life. For more details about otoplasty, please visit: https://www.manchesterprivatehospital.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery/ear-correction/

Myth Busting Otoplasty

Myth Busting Otoplasty

Being a child or adult with protruding ears can be tough.

Often children grow up with some experience of being bullied because of the way their ears look.

This then has a negative impact on adult life and can make people feel self conscious about their appearance.

Being self conscious also leads to low self confidence and low self esteem.

Some people are affected so badly that they feel the need to cover up their ears on a daily basis.

Many men and women hide their ears with headwear such as hats, headbands, jewellery such as large ear-rings, and their hair.


Feeling self conscious about your ears can also dictate what type of hairstyle you opt for at the salon / barbers and limits what you can do in terms of how you look, such as constantly wearing your hair down.

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that can take away these negative feelings and give people a new lease of life.

However, there are many myths surrounding ear correction surgery that puts people off.

The result of this is that they continue to feel self conscious and miserable.

Here are some common myths that surround the procedure, which we are keen to bust.

Myth 1 - Otoplasty is a complex procedure.

Many people are scared by the thought of 'messing with their ears' because of the complex surgery involved.

However, otoplasty can actually be a simple procedure with a short recovery time and high success rate.

Depending on your circumstances, sometimes all that is needed is some straight forward 'pinning' to stop the ears from sticking out.

Myth 2 - Otoplasty is very painful.

As with all surgical procedures, there are variations in how much pain a patient will feel during the recovery stage of otoplasty.

However, surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic in some cases, and recovery is relatively painless.

Mild pain and discomfort can be managed with simple painkillers, but patients in most cases do not experience lots of pain.

Myth 3 - Otoplasty won't change my mood.

Whilst this is a difficult point to measure, as each person has different personalities and emotions, otoplasty does have a high success rate.

This includes both how the surgery corrects the protruding ears and how the patient feels post surgery.

A number of studies have been performed, including those on children, that show a majority increase in happiness and self confidence following an otoplasty procedure.

Myth 4 - My protruding ears might correct themselves.

Unfortunately, ears reach the majority of their adult size (around 80%) by the time a child is 5 years old.

Therefore, even as a young adult your ears will be how they look now and in the future.

However, it is also true that growing in height and putting on weight may alter your appearance and make parts of your body more proportionate.

But overall, otoplasty is usually the only way to permanently fix protruding ears.

Myth 5 - Otoplasty takes years for results to show.

Whilst there are a number of different procedures available for ear correction, including some being more extensive than others, patients usually see their full results of surgery within a maximum time frame of 12 months.

However, results will be noticeable within 2 weeks and if there is swelling, a large percentage of it will subside within 6 weeks.

Myth 6 - Otoplasty requires a lengthy hospital stay.

The majority of patients undergoing ear correction surgery spend a maximum of 1 day in hospital depending on the extent of their procedure.

However, most patients return home the same day. This mean that the surgery is performed as a day case and after observation post surgery, patients can return home for rest and recovery.

If you or someone close to you is seriously considering otoplasty but has doubts and hesitations, the best way to get answers to questions is to speak with an expert.

Arranging a consultation for otoplasty will allow you the opportunity to not only find out more about the procedure, but receive advice that is specifically tailored towards you.

It is important that you obtain all the necessary information so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with ear correction surgery. For more details about otoplasty, please visit: https://www.manchesterprivatehospital.co.uk/cosmetic-surgery/ear-correction/