Ear Pinning

Ear Pinning

Pinnaplasty or otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is a procedure carried out to improve the appearance of the ears.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day or the following day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one to two weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two weeks.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is a very slight discomfort following an ear pinning procedure but for most, pain is minimal. Patients should expect slight swelling post-operatively, lasting approximately seven days.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is usually performed under local anasthetic.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


The procedure is performed to improve the appearance of the ears. It should be performed only if the aim is to improve self-confidence and to make you more comfortable with your appearance. For adults, surgery is the only option to change the shape of the ears. We will guide you through the options but you should have realistic expectations about the results.

Am I A Good Candidate For Ear Pinning?

The best candidates for ear pinning are those who;
• Have unusually-shaped ears,


The operation is usually performed under a local anaesthetic. Your Surgeon will make a cut at the back of the ear, then peel the skin away from the cartilage. The shape of the cartilage is then altered so the ear lies closer to the head. The Surgeon may need to use stitches to hold the ear in position and to create folds.

The Surgeon may also make a cut at the front of the ear and peel back the skin so the cartilage can be lightly scored. This technique usually results in the cartilage bending towards the head.

A dressing will then be placed on the head to give the ears support.

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Before & Afters

Possible Risks

As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo ear pinning surgery should not be made hastily. Risks include;

Scars / poor scarring – in the vast majority of patients, the incision heals very well. In some patients however, the scar may become red, raised or asymmetric,

Bruising and swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks.

Bleeding and haematoma formation – it is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, emergency treatment may be necessary to drain the accumulated blood.

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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