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Otoplasty, also known as a pinnaplasty, ear pinning or ear corrrection surgery, reshapes, resizes or repositions the ears to correct any concerns.
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What is otoplasty?

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There is a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and prominence of ears, but some individuals, including children and adults with otherwise normal ears, feel that their ears distinguish them from others. The primary source of concern is typically so called prominent ears.

Prominent ears often lack a normal fold, and sometimes one ear is more prominent than the other. People with prominent ears are sometimes teased, particularly during their school years, and this can affect self confidence.

An otoplaty or pinnaplasty is an operation which adjusts the shape of the c artilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head.

Typically, an otoplasty procedure involves making a small incision in the natural crease behind the ear, removing small pieces of cartilage if required, and then applying stitches at the back of the ear to reshape or reposition it closer to the head. In your initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the procedure, including any limitations, the location of scars, and any potential short-term or long-term complications.

Otoplasty procedure

Procedure Time

1 hour


Local or Twilight

Nights in Hospital


Pain and Discomfort

3 - 7 days

Risks - Common

Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, temporary skin irregularity

Risks - Uncommon

Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, recurrence

Follow-up Appointments

1 week, 3 months (after surgery)

Time Off Work

1 -2 weeks

Sports and Exercise

2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - jogging, 6 weeks - everything


12 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months

Pinnaplasty Before and Afters

How much does otoplasty cost?

Unilateral (1 ear) Otoplasty

From £2,735

Bilateral (Both ears) Otoplasty

From £4,281

If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.

Otoplasty Recovery

Instructions on discharge
  • The pressure garment needs to be worn day and night until the dressing clinic at about 1 week.
  • All dressings to be kept dry until further instructed.
  • TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.
Dressings Clinic
  • Wounds will be checked at the dressing clinic usually around a week after surgery.
  • All sutures are dissolvable unless otherwise informed.
  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first 2 weeks.
  • Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending head down.
Wound Care for First 3 Months
  • Moisturise scar for 3 months.
Special Instructions
  • Head band to be worn around the ears at night for 1 month.

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