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.
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.
Otoplasty may be suitable for anyone who has concerns about the appearance of their ears, perhaps a concern that they are overly prominent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These credentials – and further details are outlined here – are not mentioned to boast but to show Elena’s standing as a cosmetic surgeon.
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.
The want for ear pinning surgery is more common in a young patients, but can be performed on patients of any age.
Elena will examine you during a consultation to discuss your outcome. What is important for successful treatment is that the ears be in proportion to the size and shape of the face and head.
You should rest and avoid any strenuous activity in the first two to three weeks. The full benefits of pinnaplasty may not be visible until six weeks after your surgery. Most patients make a quick recovery from pinnaplasty.
Any surgical treatment involves certain risks. It is important that you understand all the risks associated with the pinnaplasty procedure. Your decision to have this operation should be based on your careful evaluation of all the possible risks and the potential benefits. Most patients undergoing this surgery do not experience complications. However, you should discuss all possible risks and your tolerance of complications with your consultant plastic surgeon, Miss Prousskaia, in order to make sure that you fully understand the implications and consequences of having a pinnaplasty. Elena will provide you with further information with the risks and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultations. This will help you to minimise the risks.
This procedure can be performed under general anesthetic or local anesthetic and sedation. Surgical time is about an hour and a half, but can vary depending on the complexity of each individual case. Elena will make a cut to the back of the ear and peel off some skin from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage is changed so that the ear is closer to the head. The wounds are then closed with stitches and a dressing is applied.
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The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.
The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.VIEW ALL PRICES
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