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Ear Surgery, Pinnaplasty / Otoplasty (Setting back prominent ears)

Up to 20% of the population of the UK consider their ears to be too prominent. In many cases the shape and lie of the ears are inherited. Prominent ears often lack a normal fold and sometimes one ear is more prominent than the other. People with prominent ears are sometimes teased, particularly during their school years, and this can lead to a loss of self confidence.

What can be done?

Traditional Plastic Surgery Procedure

Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty ear surgery is a plastic surgery operation which adjusts the shape of the cartilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head. The plastic surgery operation is carried out from behind the ears so a small scar is left close to the groove between the ear and the sides of the head. This plastic surgery procedure can be carried out under a local anaesthetic but in the young a general anaesthetic is usually required. Where the lobe of the ear is especially large a small procedure to reduce its size may also be required.

Who is a candidate?

This plastic surgery operation is most often done during childhood but it is best when the patient is 5 years old or more as until then the cartilage is very floppy and does not hold the stitches well. It is recommended that although parents may feel their child’s ears should be corrected to avoid teasing and stigmatisation it is best to wait until the child recognises the problem and wants to have the ears corrected. Children are generally more co-operative and happy with the outcome when they fully understand why the plastic surgery is taking place. Pinnaplasty is also performed during the teenage years and in adult life, when either a local or general anaesthetic can be used. We perform these procedures (pinnaplasty or Earfold) on patients who are 18 years or older. Mr Humzah Consultant Plastic Surgeon will discuss your requirements and the possible outcomes with you.

How much does a pinnaplasty / otoplasty cost?

The fee for this plastic surgery procedure is a guide; variations do exist between hospitals and fees will be individually calculated for you after your consultation.

Guide Price:  From £ 3,500.00 for both ears

The fee quoted will cover costs related to your total care (pre-operative assessments, accommodation, medications, routine investigations), theatre, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all required post - operative visits and any necessary management of clinical complications. It does not include the initial consultation fee of £110 which will be invoiced separately.

Where can I have a consultation?

Plastic surgery clinics are available at Beechwood House Medical Centre, Wolverhampton and Roseville House Dental Practice, Gloucester.

Where can I have my plastic surgery?

Surgery is performed at West Midlands Hospital (Ramsay Healthcare), Halesowen.

Where to get further information.

For further information on all procedures, please contact us on 0800 084 2321 or email