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Prominent Ear Correction also know as Otoplasty

Pinnaplasty is the operation to correct prominent ears. Prominent ears arise when the cartilage fails to fold backwards and there is loss of the helical fold. The aim of the pinnaplasty is to fold back the cartilage to restore the helical fold.

A pinnaplasty is performed as a day case procedure either under local or general anaesthetic. It involves making an incision at the back of the ear in the fold. Sutures are then used to fold the cartilage back into the desired position. The skin is then closed with stitches.

Duration1 Hour
Hospital stayDaycase
Costsfrom £3750
Return to work2 weeks
LocationWilmslow, Chester, Wirral, London

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of prominent ear correction?

There are a few different techniques available for correction of protruding ears.  The procedure is often referred to as ear pinning.  The traditional method of surgery is known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty.


Pinnaplasty is the surgical procedure to pin back bat ears.  This involves a cut behind the ear and then folding of the cartilage to pull back the protruding ears.  Frequently, a head bandage is required following this procedure.


The Earfold is a new method of prominent ear correction.  This uses an implantable clip to fold back the cartilage.  This is inserted through an incision on the front of the ear.  To find out more about the Earfold click here.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic although some patients may prefer a general anaesthetic.  You will be able to go home the same day following your operation.  There will usually be a head bandage on for about one week afterwards.

What are the potential complications following an pinnaplasty?

The potential complications include: Recurrence of the ear prominence; Scarring;  Numbness or Change in Sensation; Asymmetry; Bleeding or Haematoma; Infection; Wound breakdown; Suture extrusion; Ear deformity;  and, Anaesthetic related problems.

Where can I have an otoplasty?

Mr Nassab offers consultations in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Chester, Macclesfield, London and the Wirral.  Please contact us to book your consultation.

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