Having ears that are misshapen or stick out can cause low self-esteem and poor self-confidence.

Ear correction surgery can:

  • Pin ears back, stopping them from sticking out
  • Reduce their size, making them more in proportion to the rest of your face
  • Re-shape them if they have been damaged in an injury
  • Reconstruct them if they are misshapen due to a physical deformity

Ear re-shaping, or Otoplasty and Pinnaplasty operations, reduce or re-shape ears so that they appear less prominent. Both of these procedures are some of the oldest and most common cosmetic operations around and can help patients regain some self-confidence.

Otoplasty FAQs

The surgery itself – what does it involve?

You will have an expert ear consultant who will talk you through what the surgery entails and what specific steps will be taken in your own individual case. They will discuss your unique problems and give you advice on what needs to be done for you to get the results you want.

The ear correction operation will be performed with you under local or general anaesthetic, as the surgeon will be required to make an incision in the fold where the ear joins the head. From the incision skin or cartilage will be removed or re-shaped to get the desired results. Fine stitches will hold the ear in place once the operation is over, keeping it in its new position.

What is the recovery time for ear surgery?

Usually only a couple of weeks will need to pass before the bandages can be removed. After this most people return to work quite happily. The bandages help with healing and support. Sporting activities or any other activity that may damage the ear will need to be avoided for around six months after the surgery.

Will I have scars?

Yes the incision will leave a scar, but due to its position behind the ear it will not be noticeable. The scar will fade to almost match your exact skin tone, but moisturisers like Bio-oil and vitamin E oil will help to improve the appearance of scars quicker.


This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.