Otoplasty, now available in Gloucester with renowned cosmetic surgeon Elena Prousskaia, is a straightforward procedure that can address what for many is a long-standing concern.
Otoplasty is a procedure with many names – ear pinning and pinnaplasty are also common – but regardless of the name it has a common aim – to alter the shape, size and prominence of the ears to give them an appearance more in keeping with the rest of the face.
The impact of otoplasty can be truly wonderful to see – not because of the physical change, but instead what it typically means to the patient and how it boosts their confidence and sense of self-esteem.
Some people may be self-conscious that their ears stick out, or are large relative to a more average size.
The benefits of the surgery are therefore purely linked to the individual’s feelings about their ears. For someone with no concerns regarding the appearance of their ears, there is clearly no point considering surgery, even if their ears may be larger than deemed average, or stick out prominently.
However, typically those looking for resources linked to otoplasty in Gloucester would be keen to consider a procedure, and for them the impact can be enormous.
It is a key part of an experienced surgeon’s role to assess whether any procedure truly is in a person’s best interests – can it deliver the results they are seeking, both aesthetically but also psychologically?
When the surgery is suitable, it can impact on every aspect of life. When we feel more confident in our appearance, the crossover can be seen in relationships, work and all other aspects of our day-to-day life.
The first stage in any procedure is a detailed consultation, this is the prospective patient’s chance to talk and discuss their aims for the procedure and what has brought them to this stage, why it is they seek a procedure.
The surgeon will listen and then offer advice and suggest a best course of action – in some cases they will deem surgery to not be a suitable option.
However, with otoplasty, it is often a case that someone has real concerns over the appearance of their ears and a procedure would be of clear benefit.
If surgery is suitable, the surgeon would provide a detailed quote and they should then leave you with this to consider at your leisure. A second consultation is common.
The surgery is broadly suitable for anyone bar young children whose ears have yet to fully form. A patient’s full medical history would be taken into account to assess if there were any other reasons that would suggest surgery should not be undertaken.
Suitability would of course be fully ascertained at a consultation in Gloucester.
The Ear Pinning Procedure
Elena Prousskaia is one of the surgeons who has a range of techniques at their disposal having trained to the highest of levels (please read more about Elena below).
Having a range of approaches ensures that the correct option is chosen in each circumstance, there is no need for a less skilled one-size-fits-all type approach.
The option suggested will depend on the precise aim of the pinnaplasty – for instance is it purely to pin the ear, or also to re-shape or resize to some extent?
As a patient, you do not need to be an expert on the techniques, but you do need to find a surgeon who instills confidence and has a proven portfolio that shows they can achieve the results you want.
While there are differences to techniques, there are also broad similarities.
A cut will be made to the back of the ear and some skin peeled from the cartilage, following this the shape of the cartilage is then altered, this helping to bring the ear closer to the head.
A dressing and stitches would be applied.
Performed under local or general anaesthetic, this is a procedure that will take around 90 minutes in most instances.
The surgery is considered safe and has excellent results, though there are some risks inherent with all surgery, for instance risk of infection.
Ms Prousskaia would detail the precise nature of the surgery as well as the recovery process and nature of any risks.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for some weeks post-surgery. The full, final results of the surgery will be visible after around six weeks, this after all swelling has receded and the ears have fully healed.
The recovery is straightforward in the vast majority of cases and, mild pain and swelling aside, not uncomfortable.
The Cost of Otoplasty
The cost of any procedure is based on the facility used – in this case a superb private hospital in Gloucester, the surgeon fees and also those for the anaesthetist fees.
At the time of writing, surgery costs with Elena Prousskaia are from £4,800.
A 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 Gloucester. 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.
Gloucester is a cathedral city with a population close to 150,000 as of the 2011 census.
The city’s economy is dominated by the service industries, with finance, R&D and light industry all key. There are also historic associations with the aerospace industry and a sculpture in the city celebrates Gloucester’s aviation history and its involvement in the jet engine.
Gloucester is famed for its cathedral, a building that has also appeared in the film versions of the Harry Potter films. The museum and school of art and science are other notable buildings.
Among those to have been born or lived in Gloucester are the former England cricketer and captain Alastair Cook, the comedian and writer Simon Pegg and John Stafford Smith, the composer of the American National Anthem.
Please have a read and a look round the site and if you want to have that initial consultation to discuss whether it is the right procedure for you please call on 0800 8021 886 or book a consultation online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There An Ideal Age For Ear Pinning/Ear Correction Surgery?
The want for ear pinning surgery is more common in a young patients, but can be performed on patients of any age.
How Do I Know That Pinnaplasty Is Right For Me?
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.
What Is The Recovery For Pinnaplasty?
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.
Are There Risks To Ear Pinning Aesthetic Surgery?
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.
What Happens During The Procedure?
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.
What Is The Cost Of Surgery?
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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.
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!