The appearance of your ears can have a profound effect on your self-esteem, affecting your workplace and social relationships.

All too often, patients with differences in the size or shape of their ears turn to surgery only when their self-esteem hits rock bottom. It’s hard to ignore childish taunts which start at school but which unfortunately follow you through to university and into the workplace. Even among friends, large, prominent or unusually shaped ears can still make you feel self-conscious and lacking in confidence.

woman after Ear Corrective Surgery

What is Ear Pinning Surgery (pinnaplasty)?

Ear correction surgery, also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, is a relatively straight-forward procedure which can solve the problem once and for all. It can be used to pin prominent ears, reduce large ears as well as treat lop ear, when the tip seems to fold down and forward, as well as cupped ear, where the ear is unusually small. Patients with shell ear, in which the natural folds and creases are missing, can also undergo surgery.

What to expect after Pinnaplasty

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The actual procedure used in your ear correction surgery will depend upon the issue to be addressed. If you are seeking ear pinning in Manchester we will discuss the right approach when you attend your free consultation.

Generally, ear pinning surgery takes two to three hours and can be carried out as a day-patient, although an overnight stay can be arranged, if preferred, while the effects of the anaesthetic fully wear off.

The actual procedure involves a small incision in the back of the ear to expose the cartilage which is then sculpted and bent back towards the head. Non-removable stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape.

Occasionally it may be necessary to remove a larger piece of cartilage to provide a more natural-looking fold. However, sometimes it may not be necessary to remove cartilage at all – a new shape can be created by making an incision in the back of the ear, removing skin and using stitches to fold the cartilage back on itself. All of this would be cleared when you come in for your otoplasty Manchester consultant meeting.

In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade over time. Patients who undergo pinnaplasty at Manchester Plastic Surgery have the best chance at a speedy recovery and the faintest possible scaring.

Preparing for Ear Corrective Surgery

Good preparation helps to reduce any anxiety you may have about surgery. You will be given specific instructions including guidance on eating, drinking and smoking as well as taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications before surgery.

If the surgery is for yourself, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards, and to help you out for a few days, so that you can get plenty of rest at home.

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What are the risks of Ear Pinning Surgery

Consider the risks of surgery before you decide to go ahead.

Ear surgery complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, as with any operation there are certain risks and complications. For example, a small number of patients may develop a blood clot on the ear. This may dissolve naturally or can be drawn out with a needle.

Occasionally, patients develop an infection in the cartilage, which can cause scar tissue to form. Such infections are usually treated with antibiotics although, rarely, surgery may be required to drain the infected area.

In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. We will discuss the risks in detail with you when you attend your initial pinnaplasty consultation in Manchester.

Recovery after Ear Pinning Surgery

Most people are up and about within a few hours of surgery.

In some instances, an overnight stay may be advisable, especially with children, while the effects of anaesthesia wear off.

When the surgery is complete, the head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage to help achieve the best shape and to protect the ears while they heal. The ear may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved with medication.

Within a few days, the bandages can be replaced with a lighter head dressing and we’ll give you specific instructions for wearing this dressing, particularly at night. Non-dissolvable stitches are usually removed in about a week while dissolvable stitches usually disappear within six weeks.

You’ll need to avoid any activity in which the ear might be bent for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery and children can go back to school after seven days, as long as it’s possible to ensure they are careful about playground activity. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s teacher to keep an eye on them for a few weeks.


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Ear Pinning Surgery Cost

A guide price for Ear Corrective Surgery Manchester is £5,300 – £5,900.

Your initial consultation is free of charge. It is difficult to give a wholly accurate idea of the cost of your surgery until we have met and fully assessed your needs and goals. At the end you will be given an exact quote which will cover all treatment, appointments and re-admissions or revisions, should that be necessary.

Your second consultation is more in-depth, often including a 3D imaging assessment and simulation of outcome, as well as preparation for the day itself. This costs £150 and is included in the cost of your treatment.

Pinnaplasty FAQs

Your questions answered about ear pinning surgery in Manchester.

Is it possible to carry out surgery on just one ear?

Yes, surgery can be carried out on one or both ears.

How do I begin to discuss the option of ear surgery with my teenager?

It’s important that you approach the subject with sensitivity. It’s important that your teenager feels able to make up their own mind about surgery. If they do seem to want surgery, the best information can be obtained by talking directly to a Plastic Surgeon. Avoid any organization that offers consultations with a nurse or ‘sales consultant’.

Will anyone be able to tell I’ve had surgery?

Once your scars have settled down they will be very discreet so no-one else need know you have had ear correction surgery.

Can children have ear pinning surgery?

We can support parents who are exploring ear surgery for their child. We always recommend that parents explore their child’s feelings about protruding ears and don’t insist on surgery until the child wants to make the change. Children who feel uncomfortable about their ears and go willingly into ear correction surgery are generally more co-operative during the process and happier with the outcome.

If the surgery is to be carried out on a child, and depending on the age of the child, the free consultation meeting can help to quash any fears they may have about attending hospital and undergoing surgery. We find that the more information people have about their procedure, the better equipped they are to prepare and recover from their surgery.

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