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Ear correction surgery, Dr Frati

The size and shape of our ears can determine our overall appearance and ears that protrude, are abnormally shaped or out of proportion and overly large, can be the cause of distress, embarrassment and self-consciousness for the sufferer. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure which is now extremely commonplace and deals with this particular issue.

Ear correction surgery (otoplasty) is a simple, safe and straightforward procedure that takes very little time in surgical terms, but can bring back your confidence and vitality for life.

Dr Riccardo Frati offers otoplasty to his patients and they have been delighted with the results. From his Harley Street Clinic, Dr Frati has performed hundreds of surgical and non-surgical procedures and has extensive experience and success with otoplasty.

Am I suitable for otoplasty?

Prior to any surgical procedure you will be required to attend a consultation with Dr Frati so he can determine whether otoplasty is right for you. He will also check your medical history to ensure that you are both physically and emotionally fit and well for surgery. As otoplasty is a surgical procedure, you will need to be prepared for some downtime to recover so it is worth considering when you will be able to have the procedure and to clear your schedule for a week or so following treatment. You will be able to discuss your individual concerns and why you are considering this procedure.

What happens in surgery?

Otoplasty refers to any ear correction procedure that involves removing or reshaping the cartilage that makes up your ears. The procedure can ‘pin back’ ears that stick out, make larger ears smaller or improve the ears’ appearance if they’ve become misshapen from activities like rugby or boxing. In most cases, this will involve making incisions behind your ears and then removing and/or reshaping the cartilage, so any scars will be hidden. Most patients leave the hospital within a few hours of their procedure.

Will I need a general anaesthetic?

Yes, Dr Frati will perform the surgery administering a general anaesthetic and you will need to make arrangements for someone to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours post op.

What should I expect following surgery?

You will experience soreness, swelling and bruising to begin with and the area will be dressed and bandaged. This will need to be worn for about a week, during which time you won’t be able to submerge your head in water or drive (as the bandage will impair your hearing). You will be able to take pain relief such as Paracetamol to ease any discomfort. Upon a return appointment, we will remove the bandages and you may then need to wear a smaller headband whilst sleeping, for a few more weeks until your ears have fully healed. Dr Frati will have explained all aftercare to you in your consultation but you will be able to discuss this with the nurse or indeed Dr Frati again if you need to.

Do I have to take time off work / swimming / sports?

Dr Frati will usually advise that you take a week off work for the initial healing period, and it’ll be around six weeks before you’ll be able to resume activities like contact sports and swimming.

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