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Ear pinning surgery, also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty surgery, is a remarkably effective procedure that can enhance your facial appearance by correcting aesthetic dissatisfaction with the ears.

At HR Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin. We can assist you with ear-pinning surgery, helping you achieve the look you desire.

Get in touch with us to find out more about this procedure. London and Hertfordshire residents can contact us for more information.

What is ear pinning surgery?

Pinnaplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape and reposition protruding ears. This surgery can correct a range of ear-related concerns, including reducing the prominence of ears that stick out, reshaping ear tips, and addressing asymmetrical ears. Ears stick out typically due to contact sports or injury. It can be done to one ear or both.

It’s a safe and minimally invasive solution for achieving a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing ear appearance.

Benefits of ear pinning surgery

This procedure can have a positive impact on both your appearance and your self-confidence. Here are some key benefits to consider:

Enhanced Facial Harmony: Otoplasty surgery can bring balance and proportion to your facial features by addressing prominent or asymmetrical ears. This enhanced harmony can improve your overall facial aesthetics.

Increased Self-Esteem: Many individuals with prominent ears may experience self-esteem issues or face teasing and bullying, particularly during childhood. Otoplasty can boost self-esteem by providing a more natural ear appearance, reducing the psychological impact of ear-related concerns.

Natural-Looking Results: Skilled plastic surgeons strive for results that appear natural. The goal is to create ears that blend seamlessly with your face, making it difficult for anyone to tell you’ve had surgery.

Minimally Invasive Procedure: Pinnaplasty surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that typically requires only small incisions. This means less scarring and a quicker recovery compared to more extensive surgical interventions.

Lasting Results: The results of otoplasty surgery are generally long-lasting. Once your ears are reshaped and repositioned, you can enjoy the benefits for years to come without the need for repeated procedures.

Customised Approach: Otoplasty is highly customisable. Surgeons can tailor the procedure to your specific needs, whether it’s reducing ear prominence, reshaping ear tips, or addressing other ear-related concerns.

Improved Confidence: With a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing ear appearance, many individuals experience a significant boost in confidence. This newfound self-assuredness can positively impact various aspects of your life.

Quick Recovery: Recovery time for pinnaplasty surgery is relatively short compared to more extensive surgeries. While you may experience some swelling and discomfort initially, these symptoms typically subside within a few weeks.

Safe and Proven Procedure: Otoplasty is a well-established and safe surgical procedure. When performed by an experienced surgeon, the risks are minimal, and the benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks.

Long-Term Satisfaction: Many patients who undergo otoplasty surgery express high levels of satisfaction with their results. The procedure can provide a lasting solution to ear-related aesthetic concerns.

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Otoplasty surgery can assist in prominent-looking ears, restoring confidence and self-esteem.

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Risks of ear pinning surgery

While otoplasty surgery is generally safe, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks, including:

  • Infection: Like any surgery, there is a small risk of infection, but our team takes strict precautions to minimise this possibility.
  • Scarring: Although incisions are strategically placed, scarring is possible. However, scars typically fade over time.
  • Asymmetry: Achieving perfect symmetry can be challenging, but our experienced surgeons aim for balanced results
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Consider pinnaplasty surgery for ears that stick out, are too prominent or injured.

How is ear pinning surgery performed?

The process of undergoing prominent ear correction is as follows:


Before undergoing pinnaplasty surgery, you’ll start with a thorough consultation. A comprehensive medical evaluation follows to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure, addressing any potential risks.


The surgical phase involves several key steps. It typically begins with the administration of anaesthesia. Ear pinning surgery is often performed under local anaesthesia, although general anaesthesia may be preferred in some cases.

Small incisions are strategically made behind the ear to provide access to the ear cartilage, ensuring these incisions remain inconspicuous.

This access allows the surgeon to reshape and reposition the ear cartilage as needed to achieve the desired appearance. Various techniques, such as folding, scoring, or suturing, may be employed to create a more balanced and natural look.

Internal sutures are used to secure the ear in its new position, maintaining the reshaped structure. The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures, and a dressing is applied.


Following the surgical phase, your ears will be wrapped in a protective bandage to provide support and minimise swelling. You’ll be closely monitored in a recovery area to ensure your comfort and stability as the effects of the anaesthesia wear off.


During the recovery phase, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following the procedure. Your surgeon will provide guidance on pain medication and manoeuvres to alleviate swelling.

Adequate rest is crucial during the initial recovery period, and you should avoid strenuous activities while adhering to the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon.

Scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon will allow for tracking your progress and any necessary bandage or suture removal. Most patients can gradually resume their regular activities within a few weeks, though the exact timeline may vary from person to person.

Cost of ear pinning surgery

The cost of ear pinning surgery can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of your case and the surgeon’s expertise.

The cost of the procedure includes a surgical fee, anaesthetic fee, theatre and hospital stay, and assistant’s fee. To make cosmetic surgery affordable, we offer a range of finance plans. To find out more about our pricing, please get in touch with our team and we’ll gladly discuss your options*.

Why choose us?

At HR Plastic Surgery, we stand out as the top choice for your ear-pinning surgery, or otoplasty. Our lead surgeon Mr Hyder Ridha is dedicated to ensuring your safety and satisfaction throughout your journey. We take a personalised approach, tailoring each procedure to your unique needs and aesthetic preferences.

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Meet Mr Ridha

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Hyder Ridha is a Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon who read medicine at the prestigious Royal Free and University College London Medical School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (First-class Honours) and graduated with distinction (MB BS) in 2003.

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How to schedule a consultation

To book an appointment with Mr. Ridha to discuss your procedure, please give us a call at + 020 3907 6830, email us at, or book online via our website.

Our Locations

We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout London and Hertfordshire.
Find us here:

One Hatfield Hospital – Hatfield Ave, Hatfield AL10 9UA
Pinehill Hospital – Benslow Ln, Hitchin SG4 9QZ

Spire Harpenden Hospital –
Ambrose Ln, Harpenden AL5 4BP

OSD Healthcare –
One Medical House, Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 7YU


We have also included some of our most frequently asked questions to help give you as much information as possible, to make the most informed decision.

Ear pinning surgery is typically well-tolerated in terms of pain. Local anaesthesia with or without a general anaesthetic or general anaesthesia is commonly used during the procedure to ensure your comfort.

In general, otoplasty surgery for cosmetic purposes is not usually covered by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK because it is considered cosmetic. In cases where there is a medical necessity, such as correcting congenital deformities or significant ear trauma, the NHS would provide coverage.

The cost of ear-pinning surgery can vary based on several factors. On average, the cost of otoplasty in the UK typically ranges from £5,000 to £7,000. It’s advisable to schedule a consultation with our doctor to receive a precise cost estimate tailored to your individual needs.

The best age for ear-pinning surgery varies from person to person. While the procedure is commonly performed on children as young as five or six years old, it can be performed at any age, and there is no upper age limit. The decision often depends on individual circumstances and the level of emotional distress caused by prominent or asymmetrical ears.

Otoplasty is generally considered a minor surgical procedure. The minimally invasive nature of otoplasty typically results in a shorter recovery period compared to major surgical interventions.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

*Medic First Limited trading as HR Plastic Surgery is an Appointed Representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Medic First Limited is a credit broker not a lender.

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