Ear Pinning/ Reshaping (Otoplasty) and Ear Lobe Reconstruction


Ear Pinning/ Reshaping (Otoplasty) and Ear Lobe Reconstruction

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning is the cosmetic procedure to change the shape, size or position of the ears.

You may choose to have this procedure if you are bothered by your ears sticking out, they are misshapen or an unusual shape this can all have a huge effect in a patients self confidence. To correct this a simple procedure is carried out to by removing cartilage from the ear to reshape and pin them so they suit the facial proportions better. It is also called pinnaplasty.

The Otoplasty procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes between 1-2 hours. Small incisions are made behind the ear which are hidden in the fold of the ear. The ear cartilage is the main structural component of the ear and can then be reshaped, or removed as needed. Once the ear is in the correct position, fine stitches will be used to carefully close everything together.

You will be seen as a day patient for the procedure and go home the same day. You will wear a bandage around your head to protect your ears and the surgeon will advise when this should be removed.

You will return to the clinic 5-6 days later for the Nurses to check the wounds and change the dressings. Thereafter if you need any further advice there is a nurse available everyday if you have any queries. You will then have a follow up appointment with Mr Lim 8-12 weeks following your procedure.

Ear Lobe Repair/Reconstruction:

Ear lobe reconstruction surgery is a procedure that repairs ear lobe tearing, stretching or sagging. Surgery can take as little as 30 minutes per ear using a local anaesthetic. Stitches are usually visible for a week and healing can take 4-6 weeks. Follow up appointments are always made with the nurse following surgery.

Dressings are worn for up to 10 days. The dressing should not get wet for the first week after surgery. Ears will initially look bruised and swollen. It is advised to protect the ears during sleep with a head band while healing. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for up to 4 weeks post-surgery.

Treatment Summary

The procedure is done using a local anaesthetic. The ear or ear lobe is then reshaped, repaired or reduced as needed.

Areas We Treat

Ears - damaged, stretched or torn earlobes can also be treated.

Downtime and Frequency

Ears/ear lobes will initially look bruised and swollen. You should follow the detailed aftercare given related to the procedure you have had.

Procedure Time

Up to 2 hours.

Price List

  • Ear Pinning from £2540
  • Ear Lobe Reconstruction from £500

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