Stick-out ear lobes
Ear lobes which stick out can be corrected at birth using EarBuddies.
The earlobes can be caused to seem to stick-out after otoplasty surgery goes wrong and leaves a telephone deformity.
In an adult, stick-out lobes can be corrected in a number of ways, sometimes in combination, depending on the cause of the deformity. It is not often possible to predict which technique or techniques will accomplish the set-back until the tissues are exposed at operation.
Mr Gault is able to set back the ears at the antihelical folds, the conchal bowl, at the lobes or all three. Such surgery can be combined in a single procedure, whereas ear reduction at the upper poles cannot be combined with surgery to set back the ears formally.
Ear lobe set back surgery, which takes about one hour, is normally performed under local anaesthetic as a walk-in, walk-out case. After surgery the lobes may be dressed with some flesh-coloured tape. Sutures are removed at approximately seven days, at which point the scars will look slightly red. Treatment with Dermatix settles the redness more quickly. There are no health implications or risks to hearing.
Mr Gault’s fee to set back both ear lobes is £1695 including one follow-up appointment. There is an additional £250 fee for the local anaesthetic. The cheapest hospital at which to have the surgery is the Clementine Churchill (hospital fee £476 approximately). Although unusual, you could also have the surgery under general anaesthetic, in which case there is an additional anaesthetic fee of £345, and the hospital fee would rise to approximately £2362 at the Wellington Hospital.
For an LA, you add together the surgical and hospital fees, for example: £1695 + £250 + £476 (approximately) is the cheapest.
Hospital fees do not include painkillers to take home, but you would be much better advised to buy these over-the-counter because Paracetamol from the hospital is extremely expensive.