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Ear Reshaping Compensation Claims

If you have been affected by negligent ear reshaping surgery - also referred to as otoplasty or pinnaplasty - and believe you are entitled to make a claim, we are here to support you.

The team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has years of experience specialising solely in cosmetic surgery negligence, which means we are perfectly placed to provide the legal advice you need to recover the compensation you deserve.

With several millions of pounds won for our clients to date, you can be assured of the very highest standard of service.

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About ear reshaping surgery

Prominent or protruding ears can affect a person’s self-confidence greatly. Approximately 1-2% of the UK population think that their ears stick out too much, so it is not surprising that otoplasty is now one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the UK.

While ear surgery is often performed on children and adolescents, it is also becoming increasingly common for adults.

There are three main types of otoplasty:

Ear reshaping surgery

This is carried out under local anaesthetic. The cosmetic surgeon makes a small incision behind the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then shaped and altered, removing small pieces at a time. Sometimes the surgeon will cut the cartilage before folding it. The remaining cartilage is stitched into the preferred shape and position.

Step by step process guide

  1. Your surgeon will make a small cut behind the ear. This will expose the ear cartilage.
  2. The cartilage is then shaped and altered, removing small pieces at a time.
  3. The remaining cartilage is then stitched into both the preferred position and shape.

Complications / signs of negligence

  • Ear reshaping surgery itself is generally safe. However there are a number of complications to be vigilant of, including Chondritis (inflammation of the ear cartilage), which may need to be drained.
  • A recurrence of ear protrusion. In 5% of cases, the ears maintain their protrusion.
  • Infection on the ear where the incision was made. If this occurs you will usually be given a course of antibiotics. If the area surrounding the ear becomes infected it could result in permanent ear deformity; but this is extremely rare.
  • Stiff or numb ears – your ears may take several months to become flexible again, or you may lose the sensation in them for the same period of time.
  • Soreness. This is usually more noticeable at night, and generally stops after a few months.

Has your surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? If so, contact us today.

Ear splinting

This is a technique used for babies who are under six months old. The child’s ear is taped to the side of the head to hold it in place. Splints keep the ears in the new position, stopping them from protruding too much. After six months of age, the cartilage in the ear becomes too hard to be remodelled with splints, so for older people ear reshaping surgery is the required treatment.

Step by step process guide

  1. Small splints (or ‘supports’) are fixed on the outer groove of the ear cartilage with tape.
  2. The child’s ear is taped to the side of their head to secure it in place.
  3. The splints keep the ears in their new position, and stop them from protruding outwards.

Complications / signs of negligence

Ear splinting is generally a safe procedure, and usually very effective. However, some patients may find they experience skin irritation from the tape – although this is rare.

Incisionless otoplasty

This is a relatively new type of surgery used as an alternative ear reshaping treatment that reforms the ears to make them more symmetrical.

Step by step process guide

  1. To make the cartilage in your ear more flexible, your surgeon may use a hollow needle to isolate the surface of your ear cartilage.
  2. Permanent stitches are then hidden under the skin behind the ear, to secure its improved, remoulded shape.
  3. In some cases, your surgeon may use stitches to secure the ear cartilage to a bone behind the ear.

Complications / signs of negligence

  • As with other forms of ear reshaping, there is a 5% chance of recurrence, which means the ears will continue to protrude.
  • Bruising around the ears – mild bruising may occur for up to two weeks post-surgery.
  • Stiff ears – flexibility can take several months to return to its natural state.

Has your surgery left you with questions and concerns about the success of your procedure? If so, contact us today.

What can go wrong?

Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures such as ear surgery can sometimes be performed without the appropriate care and skill, leading to complications and injury for the patient. They could include:

  • Uneven or asymmetrical looking ears – in some cases, because of the surgical technique that was used, the corrected ear has an unusual shape
  • A recurrence of ear protrusion – in 5% of cases, the ears maintain their protrusion
  • Partial correction – the ears are not positioned close enough to the head
  • Overcorrection – the ears are positioned too close to the head

Making a claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors

We have always specialised solely in cosmetic surgery negligence, which means our expertise is focused in this one important area. As a result, we are deservedly considered one of the leading cosmetic surgery negligence firms in the UK.

We work on a no win, no fee basis, offering our clients the chance to claim the compensation they deserve without the risk of a significant financial burden.

Compensation can be used for any necessary restorative surgery or specialist treatment, which you would otherwise have had to pay for yourself.


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