Otoplasty, available in Swindon through Elena Prousskaia, one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeons, is a procedure that can improve the appearance of someone’s ears and also do so much to boost confidence and self-esteem.
Also known as pinnaplasty, or ear pinning, the procedure alters the shape, size and prominence of a patient’s ears, typically making them appear more in balance with the rest of the face and addressing issues of them sticking out away from the head.
The impact this surgery can have can be truly wonderful to see – and by that we don’t mean solely the physical change. It is also the impact it has on the patient, often addressing what has been a concern for many years or even decades.
Ears are always a prominent facial feature, and this perhaps never more so than in an era where wearing face masks is common and so other features are less visible.
Concern that your ears are overly prominent in some way can be hugely upsetting, this often stemming from childhood where there can be teasing that has an impact that then lasts a lifetime.
Otoplasty can address this, a simple procedure that corrects the balance of the ears and instantly removes all that concern.
Suitability for Otoplasty
Otoplasty is typically suitable for anyone who is looking to address the over prominence of their ears, bar young children.
Of course, suitability is largely down to the individual – there is no medical necessity to have ears corrected and so if someone had prominent ears, but this did not affect them, if they were perfectly happy with their ears there would be no benefit to surgery.
Instead, it is for those for whom the appearance of their ears is a concern or an aspect of their appearance they wish to alter.
Suitability would then be assessed at a detailed consultation, in Ms Prousskaia’s case this would be at The Ridgeway Hospital located in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Part of the prestigious BMI Healthcare group. This consultation is the prospective patient’s chance to talk and discuss their concerns and for the surgeon to listen and then suggest their recommended course of action.
A patient’s full medical history would be taken into consideration, this to ensure there are no medical reasons that would render the patient unsuitable.
A second consultation is then usual.
If a patient is deemed to be suitable, a detailed quote would be provided, this inclusive of all costs.
The Ear Pinning Procedure
A range of techniques for otoplasty are available and so it is important to choose an experienced surgeon such as Ms Prousskaia who is skilled in all approaches – this ensures the best possible results are achieved, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach.
The procedure used will depend on the precise nature of the pinnaplasty, for instance is it merely to reduce how much the ears stick out from the head or is reshaping and / or resizing required? This would have been discussed at the initial consultation.
While procedures therefore vary there are certain commonalities.
Typically, a cut will be made to the back of the ear and some skin peeled away from the cartilage, the shape of the cartilage then altered, this helping to bring the ears back closer to the head.
A relatively simple otoplasty procedure would take between an hour and 90 minutes, but more complex operations naturally take longer. The procedures can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.
Otoplasty is a procedure that is considered safe bar risks inherent in all surgery (such as infection) and produces excellent results – Ms Prousskaia would happily show examples of previous procedures as part of the consultation.
Recovery is also typically straightforward, although some strenuous activity should be avoided for a number of weeks; there will also be some swelling but this will naturally fade as the ears fully heal.
Any pain is usually mild at worst and can be managed through standard painkillers.
The Cost of Otoplasty
The cost of any procedure is based on the facility used – in this case a superb private hospital in Swindon, 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 Swindon. 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.
Swindon is a large town in the county of Wiltshire between Bristol and Reading, as of the 2011 census it has a population of slightly more than 182,000. Swindon is referred to in the 1086 Domesday Book as Suindune, the name deriving from Pig Town.
It remained a small market town until around 1848 but this changed as it gained connection to London through the birth of the modern railway network.
As benoîts a town of such size, there have been many famous and notable people who were born in Swindon or have resided there. The list includes Gilbert O’Sullivan, Julian Clary, Rick Davies – founding member of Superrtramp – and Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues.
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!