Ear Pinning / Folding

Many people with prominent ears have been affected since childhood. The cause of this concern is usually genetic and is due to an underdeveloped anti-helical fold – the area of cartilage where a natural bend should occur.

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What’s Involved

Ear pinning / folding is also known as otoplasty and can be performed on adults and children over 5 years of age. To conceal any scarring we often make an incision behind the ear, which allows access to the cartilage. This is then trimmed / reshaped accordingly to enable the creation of the anti-helical fold which will then help to support the ear, and pull it closer to the head.

We usually perform the surgery on each ear, adapting the procedure to meet the needs of each ear independently. In some cases, we’ll use additional sutures to bring the ears to their desired position.

Ear pinning

Procedure At A Glance

Procedure Time

1-2 hours

Return to Work

5-7 days

Full Recovery

2-3 weeks



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Key Considerations

Treatment Duration

Ear pinning / folding is usually undertaken in around 1-2 hours. It’s performed as a day case procedure, meaning you may be able to go home on the same day. The results are likely to be permanent, and will be noticeable immediately. As well as ears that no longer stick out quite so far, this procedure can also help to improve their shape.

Type Of Anaesthesia

This procedure can usually be undertaken using local anaesthetic with sedation. This will be discussed at your consultation, along with the full details of the surgery. Before discharging you we will ensure you have been thoroughly assessed and follow-up appointments will be arranged.

Aftercare Requirements

For the few days that follow surgery you will be required to wear a compression headband. This will support healing and help to settle the ears in place while the skin and tissues repair. LPH advises that you try not to sleep on your side during the recovery period as this can be uncomfortable and put pressure on the ears.

Back To Work (Recovery)

The appearance of your ears will have significantly improved after 1 week when you can expect much of the swelling and bruising to have disappeared. You may need to take a few days off work and avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. A full recovery may be expected in around 2 weeks.


Treatment Cost

The cost of your treatment may depend on a number of factors. The below is a guide to pricing, and may be subject to change.

From £1500

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Mr Arshad graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a highly sought after awarding winning surgeon with special interest in cosmetic surgery of the head and neck region.


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