Although a pinnaplasty is often described as a simple operation it is actually quite technically challenging to remould a prominent ear into a very natural looking one. There is also the additional challenge of making them as matching as possible. In principle an incision is made on the back of the ear, the cartilage is exposed and then reshaped by scoring or by using sutures before the skin is closed.

The aim is to produce a natural looking set of ears that does not draw any attention to them, with the scars also discreetly tucked away behind each ear.

Ear reshaping (otoplasty) surgery usually takes between two and three hours to complete while the patient is under a general anaesthetic. It is a straightforward procedure which involves the experienced surgeon making small and discreet surgical incisions behind the ears and within the ears to ensure that there is no visible scarring as a result of the procedure. Otoplasty is most commonly performed on those people whose ears are prominent and who therefore want them setting closer to the head, reducing in size, or both. However, it can be used as a way of simply altering the shape or size too and this is done by removing the skin, reshaping the cartilage underneath and stitching the ears before bandaging the area. 

Benefits of having Ear Surgery
  • Increased self-confidence and self esteem

  • Wider choice of hairstyles

  • Stop unfriendly comments

  • More choice in sports and careers