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Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery)

Best Clinic Group UK and Trustpilot 5 star rating

Performed under local anaesthetic

Renowned Ear Plastic Surgeons based in the UK

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Best Clinic Group UK and Trustpilot 5 star rating

Performed under local anaesthetic

Renowned Ear Plastic Surgeons based in the UK

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

Related Cosmetic Surgery
Large or protruding ears can affect confidence and self-esteem, while ears that sit far away from the head can be uncomfortable. Luckily there is a solution.
Otoplasty or a Pinnaplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape and reconstruct the ear. If you are unhappy with the shape, size or position of your ears, you may benefit from a Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty procedure. The best option is to come in and see our Consultant Plastic surgeons who specialise in Otoplasty and ear procedures. They will be able to discuss what you want to achieve and show you before and after photos. It is a simple procedure that really can transform the look of your face.
procedure time

Procedure Time

2 - 3 hours

washing

Washing

7 - 10 days

sexual activity

Sexual Activity

4 weeks

travel

Travel

4 - 6 weeks

support garments

Support Garments

Head bandage for 1 week / supporting garment

anaesthetic type

Anaesthetic Type

Local or general

driving

Driving

1 week

back to work

Back to Work

1 week

full recovery time

Full Recovery Time

6 weeks

sleeping

Sleeping

Elevated on back for 2-4 weeks

hospital stay

Hospital Stay

Day case

mobility

Up & Mobile

1 day

exercise

Exercise

6 weeks

final results

Final Results

3 months

Is there a non surgical alternative to ear pinning?
Earfold® is our new alternative procedure for correcting prominent ears. To find out about this alternative non surgical treatment, with less downtime please click here.

Other ear procedures:
If your main concern is related to your earlobes, then you should consider Split Earlobe Reconstruction or Tribal Earlobe Repair.

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Before & After

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape. Take a look at some of the results below.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
  • Consultation
  • Pre-Operation
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

The Consultation

The first stage of your otoplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the otoplasty procedure in detail and examine the area.

Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from surgery
  • Risks and Complications of Liposuction surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with otoplasty surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your otoplasty consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.

Otoplasty Surgery

Otoplasty procedures usually take up to around 2 hours and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the individual case. As specialists in minimally invasive procedures, we endeavour to carry out Otoplasty under local anaesthetic as often as possible, but will only proceed with the method that’s right for your needs.

During the treatment your surgeon will make an incision along the crease-line behind your ear and remove any excess cartilage that is causing it to protrude. The ear is then pinned back along the fold to its new position, closer to the head.

Following the surgery, the area will be stitched up and a dressing wrapped around your head to support the cartilage in its new place.

The result of an otoplasty procedure is naturally reshaped or resized ears that lie closer to your head.

After your Otoplasty procedure

We recommend that you take approximately one week off work. You may be allowed to return home immediately after the procedure, but this will depend on your case and some patients may be required to stay in hospital overnight to ensure your safety and recovery. Regardless of whether you’ve received a local or general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home and you may be asked to have someone to stay with you for the first-day post-procedure. Your surgeon and medical team will advise you on how to best aid your recovery. You will need to wear a full turban head-bandage for 5-7 days to help support the wound. Sutures used are normally dissolvable. Your ears will be bruised, swollen and red for a few weeks – it can take up to 6 weeks for a full recovery. Any discomfort is normally well controlled with painkillers. A headband, or head-bandage, will be needed at night for a further 2 weeks to stop the ear rubbing on the pillow at night. Normal hair washing can be resumed once the bandages are removed.

The Consultation

The first stage of your otoplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the otoplasty procedure in detail and examine the area.

Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from surgery
  • Risks and Complications of Liposuction surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with otoplasty surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your otoplasty consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.

Otoplasty Surgery

Otoplasty procedures usually take up to around 2 hours and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, depending on the individual case. As specialists in minimally invasive procedures, we endeavour to carry out Otoplasty under local anaesthetic as often as possible, but will only proceed with the method that’s right for your needs.

During the treatment your surgeon will make an incision along the crease-line behind your ear and remove any excess cartilage that is causing it to protrude. The ear is then pinned back along the fold to its new position, closer to the head.

Following the surgery, the area will be stitched up and a dressing wrapped around your head to support the cartilage in its new place.

The result of an otoplasty procedure is naturally reshaped or resized ears that lie closer to your head.

After your Otoplasty procedure

We recommend that you take approximately one week off work. You may be allowed to return home immediately after the procedure, but this will depend on your case and some patients may be required to stay in hospital overnight to ensure your safety and recovery. Regardless of whether you’ve received a local or general anaesthetic, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home and you may be asked to have someone to stay with you for the first-day post-procedure. Your surgeon and medical team will advise you on how to best aid your recovery. You will need to wear a full turban head-bandage for 5-7 days to help support the wound. Sutures used are normally dissolvable. Your ears will be bruised, swollen and red for a few weeks – it can take up to 6 weeks for a full recovery. Any discomfort is normally well controlled with painkillers. A headband, or head-bandage, will be needed at night for a further 2 weeks to stop the ear rubbing on the pillow at night. Normal hair washing can be resumed once the bandages are removed.
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FAQs

  • Am I suitable for ear correction surgery?

    An otoplasty / pinnaplasty procedure is not suitable for everyone. This is why it is important to do your research and go along for consultations with surgeons to work out your suitability and what you can realistically expect from surgery.

    Anyone with ears that are of normal size or shape with no obvious deformity apart from the prominence of them will be suitable for surgery. Those with lop ears for example or microtia will not be suitable for surgery.

    To find out about your suitability for ear correction surgery, make a consultation to see one of our expert plastic surgeons.

  • What is the recovery period like after ear correction surgery?

    A standard otoplasty recovery timeline;

    First 24 hours– You will be required to wear a mild compressive garment around your head. If you do manage to catch a glimpse, your ears may appear or feel larger but this is due to the swelling.

    24 to 72 hours– Although the initial compression bandages may be removed, you will still be required to wear a light headband around your ears for the next 1-2 weeks. The majority of your swelling will begin to reduce. You will be able to shower/bathe from the neck down without any restrictions however you should avoid washing your hair until at least 3-4 days after the procedure.

    72 hours to First Week– Some patients feel happy to return to work at this point but this will depend on the swelling and what your job involves.

    First Week to Second Week– At this point, the swelling should have subsided and most patients feel comfortable to be in social situations and have returned to work and their normal activities. You will also be able to shower as normal at the end of the first week. After two weeks you won’t need to wear the headband at all times, just at night for another couple of weeks.

    Three Months– Your swelling should be completely gone at this stage.

  • Is there a difference between an otoplasty and a pinnaplasty?

    If you have been researching ear correction you may have noticed that some refer to the procedure as an otoplasty and others as a pinnaplasty. Are they the same thing?

    You’ll be pleased to know that everyone is still talking the same language and there is no difference between an otoplasty and a pinnaplasty.

    There is no difference, Pinna refers to the projecting part of the ear outside the head, oto means ear when combined with other words such as ‘ology’ or ‘plasty’ which then means moulding or reshaping of a defect to restore form and/or function to a body part.

  • How much does Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery) cost?

    The cost of an otoplasty/pinnaplasty procedure starts from £3,295 (under local anaesthetic). We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £100 at our London Harley Street Clinic.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

    We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

    Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

    Please note all consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

  • Is there an ear surgery clinic near me?

    The Private Clinic has clinics nationwide so we are sure to have an expert ear surgeons located near to you.

    Our clinics are in;
    London – 98 Harley street, W1G7HZ
    Manchester – 25 St John Street, M3 4DT
    Birmingham – 88 Hagley Road, B16 8LU – West Midlands
    Leeds – 45 Park Square North, LS1 2NP – Yorkshire
    Bristol – 92c Whiteladies Road, BS8 2QN – Clifton
    Northampton – 82 Billing Road, NN1 5DF – East Midlands

    We also have consulting rooms in Milton Keynes where you can have consultations with one of our patient coordinators.

  • Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery) is Available in these Clinics

    Things to Consider

    Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery) procedure: 1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic. The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

    2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

    At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

    3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

    4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.

    Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

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    Why Choose The Private Clinic

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    We have a dedicated Plastic Surgeon and medical team who will be with you throughout your journey. At The Private Clinic Otoplasty (Ear Correction Surgery) is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.

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