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Pinnaplasty is a type of a surgical procedure used for the correction of prominent ears. This procedure is also known as otoplasty or ear pinning. This ear plastic surgery is conducted on people of both the sexes and of all ages, who wish to correct their ears that tend to stick out.

Some people may not bother about the “bat” shape of their ears, but, for others, continuous comments from others can lead to distress, particularly during school years. Pinnaplasty is the best and simple procedure that can solve the problem safely and quickly.

Ear pinning surgery involves making an incision just behind the ear in the natural fold where the ear joins the head. This lets the surgeon reshape the year by removing some part of the cartilage. The surgeon can then use permanent internal stitches to keep the ears in their new place.

Who are the best candidates for pinnaplasty?

The best candidates for pinnaplasty include both children and teenagers, although adults may choose to undergo the surgery as well. This surgery is not recommended for children younger than five as their ears will still be growing and developing.

You can go for pinnaplasty if your ears are protruding or sticking out at a prominent angle from your head. Pinnaplasty is typically carried out in people who have one ear that sticks out much more than the other. In such cases, pinnaplasty can restore the symmetry of ears.

  • Do not forget to inform your doctor about all the medications that you are taking, including inhalers and supplements. If possible, keep them in their original packaging and bring them all to the hospital with you.
  • Your doctor is likely to review your medical history and past illnesses.
  • You have to take a few specific tests to make sure you are well prepared and can have pinnaplasty as safely as possible.
  • Do not forget to tell your doctor if you have any allergies, especially those related to local anaesthetic medications and general anaesthesia or any specific allergies to tablets, medicines, and dressings.
  • Ear pinning surgery starts with pre-surgery measurements. These measures aim to provide a quantitative assessment of projection of the ear.
  • Facial photographs can also be used to assess the changes in measurements made from the surgery.
  • Pinnaplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed in one of the operating theatres in minimally invasive treatment unit (MITU). You will need an expert consultation before the procedure.
  • Make sure that you fully understand all the information that was given to you about the possible and proposed treatments and any potential risks.
  • Feel free to ask every possible query if things are not entirely clear.

Pinnaplasty surgery takes about one to one and a half hours. It can be carried out under general anaesthesia. But in some cases, local anaesthesia is also given so that the patient remains pain-free even when he or she wakes up. The doctor will advise which anaesthetic is the most appropriate in your case.

It is must to get rid of any form of hair interference during pinnaplasty, so elastic bands or latex bands can be used to manage hair. This allows the surgical field to remain free from hair.

During pinnaplasty procedure, the surgeon makes incisions behind the ear and the cartilage may be re-shaped, folded or some part of it may be removed. After that, cartilage is pinned down with stitches to hold the ear in its new position. Finally, a dressing is placed to keep the ear comfortable.

After the ear plastic surgery, the patient is taken to the recovery site where he or she is looked after until the effect of anaesthesia gets over. Once the patient is awake again, nursing staff checks the dressing and monitors the pulse and blood pressure at regular intervals.

Usually, it takes only a month for full recovery, but it is recommended that patients who have had an ear pinning surgery should avoid playing sports for another month after that. The surgeon typically removes the stitches within 5 to 10 days of the surgery. After a week or two, patients are able to return back to their daily routine.

After pinnaplasty, your ears may feel sore and tender or numb, but it lasts for only a few days. However, you may experience a slight tingling sensation for a few weeks. It is common to have a small scar behind each ear and slight bruising around the ear. Otherwise, ear pinning surgery is a completely safe procedure.

If you have severe pain or if you experience any unexpected symptoms, you should contact the clinic where the pinnaplasty was carried out. The surgeon who treated you is the best person to deal with any complications after pinnaplasty.

Cost of Pinnaplasty

The cost of pinnaplasty in India is highly affordable as compared to the western countries. There are several factors that make up the total cost of pinnaplasty, including the following:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Hospital charges
  • Anesthesia cost

The following table highlights the pinnaplasty cost in India and some of the other popular medical tourism destinations:

Treatment cost in India: 2670
Treatment cost in Turkey: 2030
Treatment cost in United Arab Emirates: 5020
Treatment cost in Thailand: 1700
Treatment cost in Spain: 4500
Treatment cost in Singapore: 3000
Treatment cost in Saudi Arabia: 4800
Treatment cost in Tunisia: 2000
Treatment cost in Greece: 2000
Treatment cost in Israel: 5100
Treatment cost in South Africa: 3000
Treatment cost in South Korea: 5500
Treatment cost in United Kingdom: 2040
Treatment cost in Lithuania: 1010
Treatment cost in Switzerland: 3750
Treatment cost in Czechia: 2030
Treatment cost in Hungary: 1200
Treatment cost in Lebanon: 3500
Treatment cost in Malaysia: 3000
Treatment cost in Morocco: 2600
Treatment cost in Poland: 2160

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the alternatives to pinnaplasty?

A: It is possible to have ear moulds made, which can help gently reshape the ear. But it only works during the first few weeks of life as the cartilage of the ear is soft immediately after childbirth.

Q: What is the ear pinning surgery cost?

A: Cosmetic ear surgery cost depends on your choice of healthcare setting that you decide to approach the procedure and how far you are willing to travel to compensate with ear pinned back cost.

Q: Does ear pinning surgery cost the same around the world?

A: Cosmetic ear surgery cost is typically higher in developed countries such as the US and the UK. On the other hand, the procedure is relatively cheap in certain south-east Asian countries such as India and Thailand. The ear pinned back cost continues to remain less in these countries even when factors such as boarding, lodging, surgeon fee, hospital fee, and anaesthesia fee are taken into account.

Q: What precautions should I take after the ear plastic surgery?

A: Your doctor will prescribe a few painkillers and you should take these regularly for the first few days. You will have a dressing, usually, a tight bandage like a turban positioned around your head, covering your ears to protect the ears in the new position.

It is mandatory not to interfere with the dressing. In case of children, they often try to scratch their itchy ear under the dressing. This should be discouraged as this can lead to infection and poor healing of the ear plastic surgery scar.