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Ear reshaping compensation claims

If you have experienced problems following your ear reshaping surgery (also known as otoplasty or pinnaplasty) and the resulting issues were the fault of a negligent surgeon or clinic, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

People who undergo ear reshaping surgery or have their ears pinned back often do so for aesthetic reasons, but if ear surgery goes wrong, patients can often feel worse than they did prior to the operation.

The compensatory financial award received, if your claim is successful, could include damages for any psychological or physical distress you suffered as a result of your otoplasty going wrong. It could also cover the cost of any additional procedures to correct the damage.

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

To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a claim after your ear surgery has gone wrong, get in touch with us today. Call 0800 634 0285 or fill in the quick contact form below to request a call back.

About otoplasty surgery

There are two main types of otoplasty in adults - reshaping and incisionless - however, the primary aim of both of them is to alter the size or position of the ears.

On average, 2% of the UK population think that their ears stick out too much, and it is this thought that often leads people to undergo ear reshaping surgery. It has become an increasingly popular procedure in recent years.

Reshaping

This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a small incision behind the ear before cutting out parts of the cartilage in order achieve the desired new shape and position.

Incisionless

This newer method of ear surgery is more commonly used to make ears more symmetrical. The surgeon will use a hollow needle to isolate the surface in order to make the cartilage more flexible before the ear is stitched into its new shape and position.

How can otoplasty go wrong?

Ear surgery is generally safe, but there are a number of ways that otoplasty can go wrong. It is important to wait until your ears have fully healed after surgery before deciding whether to make a claim for compensation as it can take time for any bruising and swelling to fade and so reveal the true results of your operation.

Signs of negligence

Sometimes, otoplasty is performed without the appropriate care and skill, leading to complications for the patient. Some of the most common signs of negligence following ear reshaping surgery include:

  • Uneven or asymmetrical ears
  • Partial correction - the ears are not positioned close enough to the head
  • Overcorrection - the ears are positioned too close to the head
  • Excessive bruising and swelling
  • Inappropriate scarring

How can we help?

When a surgeon or clinic is responsible for ear surgery going wrong, a claim can be made for compensation. The financial award you receive, if your claim is successful, can include damages for any physical or psychological injury as well as cover the cost of any corrective procedures.

If you have suffered as a result of any of the complications listed above, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can support you in your claim for compensation following your unsuccessful otoplasty.

We are specialists in guiding patients through the complex cosmetic surgery claims process and, as a result, we are one of the leading cosmetic negligence firms in the UK - putting us in the best position to to secure compensation for your ear reshaping that’s gone wrong.

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To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a claim for ear surgery compensation, call 0800 634 0285 or fill in the quick contact form below to request a call back.

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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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