The surgery itself is rather simple. It involves making one or two sutures in the back of the ear to form a crease that is missing in those of us born with this congenital anomaly (or congenital abnormality known as outstanding ears or bat ears).
You'll wear a huge bandage around your head for a week. This gives the sutures time to dissolve and keeps your ears pinned back.
With the bandage, you'll look like you've had brain surgery!!!
With the bandage, you'll only be able to sleep flat on your back.
I'm gonna warn you now, that your head will feel very heavy with that bandage around it.
You won't be able to wash your hair for a week.
When the bandage comes off only use baby shampoo on your hair for a while. Your ears will be sensitive to chemicals and varying temperatures so use lukewarm water to rinse. After a while you'll be able to use regular shampoo again.
Be careful after the bandage comes on when you wear glasses or sunglasses. Don't let the arms of the glasses press too hard on the back of your ears. That can cause the ear to pop out again. I had to have my right ear redone, because I wasn't too careful.
Hey, iv jus read on the forum about u wantin 2 have ur ears pinned back I think u shud go 4 it I feel exactly the same I gt bullied through school, im goin 2 have my ears dun this monday.. Im goin into hospital on sunday, im rlli excited n I cnt wait till its all ova, it made me feel rlly depressed jus lukin at myself.. Iv rlli cheered up I think this has bin a major improvement in my life I cant wait til monday but im so nervous! I get out of hospital on wednesday so we'll see :) I hope u get ur op bcuz I think it wud juz b rlli nice... Xx
I just had my surgery done 2 weeks ago and I am thrilled! I didn't have major protrusion but enough where if I had my hair in a ponytail, you would notice it. And they did 'pop' through my straight hair if I tilted the wrong way. I'm sure you understand what I mean! I had zero pain but did take the pain killers for the first 4 days after surgery. Very minor throbbing only when I woke on the 5th day. The head dressing is quite uncomfortable and you will only be able to sleep on your back for at least 2-3 weeks. I think sleeping is the only uncomfortable thing I had to go through, but I am a side sleeper so it was torture for me! Once that head dressing came off after 5 days I was back to 'normal'. My doctor had me wear a headband over my ears for 2 weeks after the dressing came off. I'm a girl so a stretchy cloth headband doesn't look anything out of the ordinary. I still need to wear it for about 4 more days. My ears are still a little sore and there is numbness on the tips of my ears but that is normal and feeling should return in a few months while the nerves heal or regenerate or something of that sort. I can also tell that there will be no major or even minor scarring on the backs of my ears. Lots of people have natural folds behind there anyways and thats actually what mine look like. For a precaution I will be using lotion with vitamin e though. I would defintely recommend this procedure if you always feel self conscious about them and can't imagine living the rest of your life trying to hide the ears. No cute hairstyles, no updos....That's how I felt. Make sure you are physically and mentally prepared though. Good luck!
Earth mother - the procedure cost me $3800. The only additional cost after that was purchasing the recommended vitamins that help with healing, probably about another $50 or so. Still healing nicely and feeling great :d
i'm 19 (and a guy) and have always been self-conscious about my ears. I've always been aware that you can get them pinned back. I've always just thought "accept them"...Or quietly wondered about getting them pinned back...But thinking at the same time that i'd never actually get it done.
I read somewhere that its only available to children on the nhs. How distressed do you need to be before you get it free? I am self-conscious about them, such as I refuse to have my hair short because it would just emphasise my ears so much. I never go to the swimming baths because I know that if I got my hair wet and my hair was flat to my head my ears would look so bad. I know I would feel so much better if I had it done...But i've not seriously ever thought I would get it done...But now i'm thinking well why not?
In the philippines, otoplasty would cost only about $900 if done under local anesthesia and $1,200 if under intravenous sedation. We have many qualified and well-trained doctors who have acquired their postgraduate or fellowship training from well-known institutions in the u.S.A. And have been mentored by leading plastic surgeons so you wouldn't be sacrificing quality of care. Plus you'll have a great vacation. Everything is so inexpensive because of the exchange rate.
Hey I hate my ears with a passion, im sick of always trying to hide them,
they are depress me I hate looking at pics of myself because the firts thing I see are my ears.
Im 17 and really want them pinned back it doesnt cost does it?
And im really scared of opeteration its not a dangerous operation is it?
For those who have had it done... How long does it take before people wont notice youve had the surgery? Cos im a little worried that if I had it done, and returned to work - I wouldnt look to great. So how long before people wont notice anything other than your ears petruding less?
I had mine done in december on the nhs, I was always so self concious and hated meeting people in case they took the micky out of me and swimming was awful too as im sure you sticky out ear sufferers will know your ears show through badly then!!
I have to say having the op was a good decision it wasnt very painful and I didnt have to wear a bandage (different surgeons have different methods) I love them and it has improved my confidence wearing my hair up for the first time in years was great!
I definatly recommend it however it is a big decison and the result is not always good.