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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning Surgery)

Ear pinning - Otoplasty/Pinnaplasty - is a common corrective procedure that's used to move the ears and place them at a more natural position on your head.

For Ages


"Hi, I’m Linette. I’m 57 years of age, and you’re perhaps asking, “Why is she having surgery at this age?” I’ve had my ears pinned back and as you can see it’s a beautiful job that they’ve done. The reason I’ve had it done, as a child I was bullied but worst of all I was never able to have a ponytail or a plait, something that you, as a child, you take for granted. But I wasn’t able to have that because the more I exposed my ears, the more they bothered me.

So I just got on with it, had my family, etc, etc. When I retired two years ago I joined the Army Cadets. And as a result, I had to wear a Beret. And it was when I put the Beret on that it really came home to me how this ear was upsetting me, and I decided that I would save and I would have it done.

And that’s exactly what I’ve done. I came in two weeks ago and had the surgery and I have never looked back. It has been life changing. To the people they perhaps wouldn’t even notice because I always have to have my hair down and covered up because I have been aware the ear. I now have hair bubbles, I have hair clips, in fact, my husband thinks I’ve gone younger. He says I’m older, I’m like a big kid now, but I love it and I’m going to grow my hair and I’m going to have a ponytail.

And if people think I’m daft I don’t really care. I put my Beret on to go away to camp. I’m going in a few weeks’ time. The difference is phenomenal. I can actually put my Beret on and feel smart. and that’s a big driving force that brought me here today so that I felt smart as a role model to the other cadets.

And the place is absolutely phenomenal. From the minute I walked in the door here, professional, everybody has been brilliant."



What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty - also called 'ear pinning surgery’, is a frequently performed surgical procedure used to give patients confidence in their ear shape and position. It’s commonly used to pin back ears that ‘stick out’, and is a popular choice in the cosmetic surgery industry. 

What is ear pinning surgery used for?

Ear pinning surgery is used to reshape and position the cartilage in your ears, which helps to give them a less protruding angle - hence being ‘pinned back’. If you’re looking into getting your ears pinned back, get in touch with Zenith, where we can offer you a free consultation and get you on the right tracks to feeling more confident. 

Who is the treatment suitable for?

Despite ear pinning surgery being a popular treatment for children and young adults, at Zenith we do not treat anyone who is under the age of 18. 

What happens during the procedure?

When undertaking your Otoplasty surgery, your surgeon typically makes a small incision at the back of the ear and then cuts the cartilage where necessary to create a natural looking fold. The new fold is held in place with stitches. A cotton wool dressing is applied to splint the ear to the head and ensure comfort while healing. Ear correction surgery generally takes between one and two hours and you will be allowed to go home on the same day. If you’re worried about ear pinning surgery, our team at Zenith will be able to reassure you and tell you the full scope of the procedure, so that you can make more of an informed choice.

What are the risks of Otoplasty?

All surgery carries risk but generally complications are infrequent and minor. These can include:

  • Blood collecting beneath the skin of the ear which may need to be drained.
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Bruising
  • Cartilage is a living tissue and it may alter its shape over time. Very occasionally, a second operation may be required to refine your results.
  • The ear could return to its pre-surgery position although this is extremely rare.

What results can I typically expect from ear pinning surgery?

Your ears should now be in their new, permanent position.

Before your procedure

You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery to assess your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will sign a patient consent form.

You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.

At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be delighted with your results.

It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and for four weeks afterwards.

Otoplasty Aftercare

  • It is expected that your ears will be slightly sore for a few days after surgery so it's advisable to rest.
  • To limit the risk of infection and problems with healing, your dressing will need to be kept in place for ten days before being removed.
  • Once your dressing is removed, you will notice that your ears may appear slightly bruised or red in colour but flat. At night, your ears should be kept flat with a headband to maximise the results of your surgery.

How much does Otoplasty cost?

Our Otoplasty service starts at just £1800, however the final figure depends on your circumstances and your final goal.

Ear pinning before and after

Take a look at some of our otoplasty before and after shots to the right of this page. See what you could achieve by choosing Zenith as your cosmetic surgeon.