Cosmetic Surgery


Ear pinback, Ear Repositioning, Ear Correction, Pinnaplasty, Earfold®, Ear Pinning, Ear Reshaping Surgery

Otoplasty, means to mould the ear. In the commonest use of this term it refers to pinning back Prominent Ears. There can be Non-Surgical, Minimal Surgical and Surgical Approaches, with the non-surgical approach really suit­able in the first year of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pin back my ears without surgery?

The non-surgical approach, relies on redu­cing the prom­inent ears, by moulding and split­ting the ears in early infancy (before 1 year of age) using Ear Buddies™ splints. These splints need to be worn continu­ously for 2–24 weeks (depending on the age at which the treat­ment is begun).

Do you offer Earfold® surgery at Reforme?

Earfold® surgery is not offered at Reforme, Dr Prashant prefers local anes­thesia, Pinnaplasty surgery instead.

Who is a good candidate for Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty?

The human ear gener­ally reaches its full size by the age of 5 years, this is the reason why Otoplasty or Ear Pinning surgery for kids is gener­ally offered between 5–7 years of age. Adult patients also request ear reshaping, for cosmetic reasons, espe­cially if they have faced bullying or social stig­mat­iz­a­tion related to the prom­in­ence of their ears. The prom­inent ears can lead them to appear large in propor­tion to the head.

What happens during Surgical Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty?

The surgery can be done under local or general anes­thesia, and involves making a cut on the skin behind your ears. Thereafter the cartilage is weakened and then bent and kept in the desired shape using non-absorbable sutures; the skin is then stitched and a dressing is given. You will have a bandage that will be on your head to keep the oper­ative site secure. This head dressing will be in place for 7–10 days after which it will be removed.

When can I see the results?

As with all cosmetic surgery proced­ures, you will have band­ages that come off at 3 days, after that the swelling and bruising dissipate slowly over a couple of weeks to months.

Will my hearing be affected by otoplasty – what are the complications of the surgery?

No, an ear pinning or Pinnaplasty procedure will not affect your hearing. As with all surgeries, there are infre­quent risks like infec­tion, bruising, swelling. The scars gener­ally settle back very well, but some­times can give rise to unsightly raised or hyper­trophic scars. While the surgeon will make all attempts to getting both sides symmet­rical, there might be residual asyt­m­met­ries that might need corrections.

Is Ear Repositioning or Otoplasty available on the NHS?

The NHS will gener­ally not offer this cosmetic procedure in adults, however in the instances were a child is facing bullying and is in signi­ficant emotional distress, some NHS centres will offer them this surgery.

Approximate Costs

An accurate estimate of the costs is only possible after an in-clinic consulta­tion with Dr Prashant. We charge a £50 deposit to secure your consulta­tion with Dr Prashant, this amount will be deducted from the costs of the treat­ment you go on to have at our clinic.

The cost of Otoplasty or Pinnaplasty can vary with the complexity required our prices start from £3000 to £4000