Otoplasty, available in Bristol through renowned cosmetic surgeon Elena Prousskaia, is a relatively straightforward procedure that can make a huge impact on someone’s life, boosting appearance and also self-esteem and confidence.
Also known as ear pinning and pinnaplasty, otoplasty is a procedure to alter the size or shape of the ears, often to make them less prominent, in many cases to reduce the appearance that they are sticking out.
Who is Otoplasty Suitable For?
Otoplasty may be suitable for anyone who has concerns about the appearance of their ears, perhaps a concern that they are overly prominent.
The ears are a very prominent part of the face and so people can naturally be very sensitive if they do stick out more than is typical, or appear large in relation to the overall face.
The impact in terms of state of mind is also important. If someone has ears that stick out more than is typical, but this is of no concern to them, then there would be no requirement for surgery as there would be little benefit.
However, for someone who has concerns over their appearance, for whom the appearance of their ears leads to reduced self-esteem, perhaps impinging on multiple areas of their life, surgery could be hugely beneficial.
Suitability would also be assessed at a detailed consultation with Elena Prousskaia at her Bristol clinic.
The consultation would be the patient’s chance to discuss the reasons behind seeking ear surgery and for the prospective surgeon to determine if surgery is suitable and outline the results achievable.
A second consultation is then usual, this allowing the prospective patient plenty of time to assess if surgery is truly for them.
Otoplasty is a surgery that is suitable for patients of any age, except very young children for whom the ear has yet to fully develop. It is more common for children and teenagers, but Elena treats patients of all ages across Bristol.
Often, a patient might have felt self-conscious about their ears for decades, the pain of schoolyard taunts never fully leaving them. Later in life, perhaps when they have some savings, a chance finally comes to address what has been an ongoing causer of concern.
The Otoplasty Procedure
A leading surgeon has several techniques at their disposal and the one they would choose in each case would vary depending on the specific nature of the surgery required for that patient.
The techniques would vary depending on whether the surgery was to re-size the ear, pin back, or a combination of approaches required.
In truth, the prospective patient does not need to be an expert in the various forms of potential treatment. Instead, this would be for the surgeon to outline with full details as to why a particular approach was considered optimal.
Typically, a cut will be made to the back of the ear and some skin peeled from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage is then altered to bring the ear closer to the head.
Stitches and dressing are applied to the wound.
The procedure typically takes about 90 minutes and, depending on the individual circumstances, can be performed under general or local anaesthetic.
The surgery is considered safe but it is worth noting that there are risks inherent to any form of surgery such as infection.
Elena Prousskaia would detail the nature of the procedure, the recovery process and any risks associated with the operation and recovery.
Post-surgery, a patient should avoid strenuous activity in the first two to three weeks and full benefits of the surgery will not be visible until around six weeks later.
Most patients experience a recovery that is straightforward and, mild swelling and pain that is managed by painkillers aside, not uncomfortable.
The Cost of Otoplasty in Bristol
There are essentially two main costs – the surgeon fee and the fees inherent in using the private hospital operating facilities – in Bristol this would be at the Bristol Spire private hospital, a modern private hospital that provides a world class level of care.
At the time of writing, surgery costs with Elena Prousskaia are from £4,800. A full, detailed quote would be provided at the detailed consultation – the patient then allowed to consider this at home at their leisure.
About Elena Prousskaia
You may be certain that otoplasty is a treatment that would be beneficial and so be looking for a leading surgeon in Bristol. Why consider Elena Prousskaia?
Elena is cosmetic surgeon with approaching 20 years experience, she is known as one of the leading surgeons operating in the UK.
Starting her career at the North Bristol trust she dedicated several years to complex microsurgical reconstruction as well as general plastic surgery.
Elena has held Fellowships around the world, including prestigious posts with Guys and St Thomas in London and Fellowships in Italy, Barcelona, India and the University Hospital of Tokyo.
As befitting a leading surgeon she has won awards and written for numerous leading medical journals.
Credentials are of course important, but so too the ethos of the cosmetic surgeon and their ability to truly listen to anyone considering surgery.
Of her ethos, Elena says.
“The one thing that matters most to me when I am with a patient is empathy.
“It is only when you are able to identify and understand your patients problems that you can begin to help resolve them satisfactorily. A good surgical outcome is not the only thing that matters.
“Everything that you do and say to a patient has to come from your heart. I consider myself very lucky to be able to share my passion for what I do and hopefully bring a bit more happiness into my patients’ lives.”
The independent reviews back up Elena’s skill as a surgeon and ethos – universally five star reviews across multiple independent sites.
Bristol is a city in the south west of England with a population of 434,000 as of the 2011 Census.
The area around Bristol is seen as one of the most desirable areas of the UK in which to live – it was selected in 2009 as one of the world’s top 10 cities by international travel publishers Dorling Kindersley and it was named the best city in Britain to live in by the Sunday Times in every year from 20414 to 2017.
The city also won the prestigious EU European Green Capital Award in 2015.
Bristol is now at the forefront of many newer industries and technologies, these including aerospace, defence, media, information technology, financial services and tourism industries.
The city also has clinics and surgeries for many of the UK’s leading surgeons, becoming a centre every bit as in-demand as London’s Harley Street.
The actor Cary Grant was born in the city, while more recent Bristolians include comedian Russell Howard.
Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.
SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.
EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants
I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!
JB – Breast Reduction
Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.
LMS – implant Removal & Replacement
Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!