Ear Correction2017-03-06T11:02:53+10:30

Ear Correction for Prominent Ears

Many people are bothered by prominent, poorly shaped, or over-projecting ears wanting Ear Correction.  For children, large or protruding ears can be particularly troublesome as this condition often leads to social embarrassment and teasing.  Ear Correction or reshaping (otoplasty) in Thailand is a surgical procedure that can help set prominent ears closer to the head, correct poorly defined ear folds, and bring balance to asymmetrical ears.  The goal of otoplasty is to shape natural-looking, well-positioned ears that are in harmony with overall facial aesthetics. 

Ear correction and reshaping is a common procedure for children as young as six to seven years old.  By this age, the ears have grown to nearly their full adult size.  Many parents elect to have the procedure done early in order to protect their children from teasing at school.  Otoplasty can also be performed for older children, teenagers, and even adults who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or position of their ears

Ear correction surgery refers to a variety of procedures that can normalise the appearance of the ears and earlobes. Otoplasty surgery can “pin back” the ears if an individual is born with “outstanding” ears (ears that protrude excessively from the head), or can modify enlarged or congenitally malformed ears.

Ear correction can repair Torn Earlobes from trauma (usually from babies or pets pulling on earrings). Earlobe repair can also correct deformity of the “lobule” (earlobe) from Body Modification or “gauging” (placing progressively larger discs or other items) through the earlobe skin. Regardless of the cause of the abnormality or stretching, ear lobe repair can help correct the appearance of the earlobe and allow an individual to wear normal earrings again.

Earlobe Rejuvenation refers to surgery that helps to rejuvenate earlobes that are drooping, elongated, stretched out or distorted from age or from years of wearing heavy earrings. 

Good candidates for ear correction(Otoplasty) in PhuketThailand, include individuals who are healthy, in good physical shape, with realistic expectations of what ear correction surgery can and cannot achieve. Otoplasty is often done in children, while their ear cartilage is still soft and maximally pliable (bendable), but can also be performed in adulthood. Most other types of ear correction surgery are sought by adults.

Smokers, patients with multiple or untreated medical problems, and individuals who have unrealistic expectations or who are psychologically unprepared for surgery are not good candidates for ear correction surgery.

Otoplasty refers to correction of excessively protruding or “outstanding ears”. Ears that project excessively from the head often are missing their natural folds in the ear cartilage and thus assume a smooth shape that lacks definition, sticking out from the head. Correction of outstanding ears recreates these natural folds and modifies the position of the ears to lie closer to the head. Outstanding ears affect both sides or can involve one ear only.

Performed as early as age 7 years of age, “ear pinning” uses sutures (stitches) to adjust the position of the ears in relation to the head. Incisions are made inconspicuously in the natural crease behind the ear; permanent sutures are placed from the ear cartilage to the bone behind the ear. (known as the “mastoid process” of the skull). To sculpt the ear and reposition it closer to the head, and any excess skin or cartilage is removed. Absorbable (“dissolving”) sutures are used in the skin, and a band is worn over the ears for several weeks to protect the repair and support the ears’ new position.

Torn Earlobe Repair

Earlobes can become “split” after an earring is torn from the earlobe (usually by a child or a pet) and the area heals on its own. Split earlobes can be surgically reconstructed to rebuild a normal appearing ear lobe and enable earrings to be worn again. The site of past piercing can be removed altogether during the repair, or a small hole that allows continued wearing of earrings can be preserved.

Torn earlobe repair takes approximately an hour to perform and is done under local anesthesia. We recommend you bring lightweight, hypoallergenic (gold, silver or surgical steel) small hoop earrings with you to the office; these will be inserted at the time of surgery and should be worn continuously for approximately six weeks postoperatively. Stitches are removed in 10-14 days, and heavy earrings should be avoided to prevent stretching of the earlobe and to preserve the best esthetic result.

Our Surgeon in Phuket uses a variety of techniques to reshape and reposition the ears.  All incisions are made behind the ear, where they will be well-concealed.  Ear cartilage may be repositioned and rotated to create more natural ear folds.  Sutures may be used to set the ears back closer to the head.  In some cases, cartilage may be removed to reduce the size of the ears.  Your Surgeon will discuss with you which technique or combination of techniques may best suit your specific needs. 

Following an Otoplasty, the head is wrapped in soft, protective bandages to protect the ears and encourage healing in their new position. The area of surgery will be numb from local anesthetic injected during surgery; this will last for many hours afterward. Oral pain medication such as Tylenol with codeine will be prescribed after surgery for a few days.

Bandages will be removed in the office a couple of days after otoplasty surgery; after which time antibiotic ointment should be applied to the incisions twice daily at home for another week. Exercise and aggressive play in children should be avoided for approximately three weeks. A few days off work is recommended in adults to allow for initial healing and protection of the ears. A special headband is worn around the head for a few weeks to hold the ears in their new position.

Torn Earlobe Repair is a minor procedure with very little downtime. Exercise should be avoided for approximately two weeks. Showering can resume the day after surgery, and stitches are removed 7-10 days after surgery. After Earlobe Rejuvenation, restrictions are the same as for earlobe repair.

During recovery from any type of ear surgery, patients may experience temporary discomfort that is managed with oral pain medications. Mild headache, swelling, bruising and numbness should subside in a few days. Any sutures that do not dissolve on their own will be painlessly removed in the office within a week or two. Antibiotic ointment should be applied twice daily for approximately a week after surgery.

We understand that you will not always be sure about what surgery will be needed and that you will need to know that you are, in fact, a candidate for your ear correction surgery in Phuket Thailand. To address this, you have the opportunity to have one of our highly qualified surgeons from Phuket International Hospital provide you with their personal recommendations at no cost or commitment to you to proceed with surgery.

Step 1: Take photos as required

Step 2: Complete the Patient Registration and upload images taken

Step 3: Receive personalised  Recommendations, exact cost and duration required to stayin Phuket for recovery, from a surgeon specialised in your chosen procedure.

Ear Correction cost in Thailand  is significantly lower than you would expect to pay in Australia, the cost of Ear correction  in Sydney, Brisbane or Perth in Australia would be $6000 +.

Our advice to get a clear picture of what is going to work to achieve your results is to submit your images and patient information so our Thailand Surgeons  who can provide you with recommendations. These recommendations will  include what surgery will achieve your results, confirmation of price and duration you require for recovery in Phuket.

The pricing below is  for Ear Correction cost in Phuket and should be used a  guide only without having surgical recommendations provided.

Ear Correction Ear Correction (LA) x 2 50,000  $1,900
Ear Correction Ear Correction (GA)x 2   90,000  $3,400
Ear Correction Ear Lobe Hole Correct (LA) x 1 20,000  $760
Ear Correction Ear Lobe Hole Correct (GA) x 1    40,000  $1,500
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