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Does Ear Pinning Work and is it Successful?

Does Ear Pinning Work and is it Successful?

Pinning back the ears is known as an otoplasty or pinnaplasty. It’s usually done on children and young teenagers, although adults can also have it done.

Ear correction surgery is cosmetic surgery to alter the size or shape of the ears, or pin them back if they stick out.

Mr Fitton prefers to wait until the cartilage in the patient’s ears has stabilized, which typically happens by the time patients are around five years old. Many parents take advantage of this fact to schedule ear-pinning or other types of otoplasty when their child is between five and seven years old.

Ear correction surgery is cosmetic surgery to alter the size or shape of the ears, or pin them back if they stick out.

Why consider Ear Surgery?

For many people, they don’t think twice about the way their ears look. But to some, the ears is all they focus on.

You might consider Ear Surgery if:

    • Your ear or ears stick out too far from your head
    • Your ears are large in proportion to your head
    • You’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery
    • Ear surgery is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.

Ear surgery won’t change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.

“Thank you so much for your expertise, huge care and attention. I am thrilled with the results!”

Benefits of Ear Surgery

One of the most popular reasons people get ear surgery is to improve the visual appearance of their ears. Reconstructive and cosmetic ear surgery is performed to treat a number of deformities, such as cupped, folded, protruding, ‘cauliflower’, large, or very small ears.

Ear surgery can also help modify stretched or large earlobes or ones with significant wrinkles or creases. We can construct new ears for patients who may have lost them in an accident or were born without them.

    • Restores Self-Confidence
    • Renews the Sense of ‘Normalcy’
    • Otoplasty is Reasonably Safe
    • Corrects Numerous Issues

How long does Ear Surgery take to perform?

Cosmetic ear surgery typically takes one to two hours. For adults it can be performed under local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. However, earlobe repair can generally be performed under local anesthesia and may take less time than a full otoplasty procedure.

When can I go back to work or exercise after Ear Surgery?

Adults can go back to work approximately 5 days after surgery, depending upon the occupation. You may resume full social activities in 5-10 days. Avoid any activity in which the ear might be bent for approximately a month. It is advisable to avoid contact sport or swimming front crawl for 3 months after your ear surgery.

How long is the recovery time for Ear Surgery?

At the end of the ear surgery a special head bandage is applied to maintain the position of the ears. This should stay on until it is removed at your first clinic review (10 days). Other than some discomfort, which may last for a day or so after the surgery, recovery is good.

The healing time for ear surgery is often less than expected and the results are worth the wait. While swelling should be completely gone after four to six weeks, your healing will continue for the entire first year.

Wearing a light fitting head bandage at night will prevent the ear from folding forward. Expect the swelling and bruising to take up to 6 weeks to resolve.

How much does Ear Surgery cost?

The investment for a ear surgery starts at approximately £3,241. This includes your surgeon, the procedure and aftercare.

Actual costs vary depending on the provider hospital you choose to have your surgery with.

What are the the risks of Ear Surgery?

To perform ear surgery a portion of skin is removed from behind the ear and the cartilage of the ear is reshaped and set back. Care must be taken to obtain symmetry and avoid irregular or uneven folds in the cartilage. As with any operation there is a small chance of bleeding and even more rarely infection.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done.

Before you go ahead, be sure about your reasons for wanting ear surgery. Bear in mind the cost, the risks, and the fact the results cannot be guaranteed.  

It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery, and also to ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

To find out more about having a treatment, book your no obligation consultation. You will meet with Antony Fitton and receive expert advice tailored to your needs.


Please call us on 07494 250277 or book your consultation using our online form.


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Mr Fitton practices in Plymouth and Truro.

About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony R Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds a MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England  or his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.

A big thank you

"I would just like to say a big thank you, to you Leanne, Mr Fitton and all the nurses that I encountered during my stay in hospital and at my pre/post op appointments. You've all been very lovely and provided an amazing service.’"

Life-changing result

"I just wanted to thank you (and your team) for the life-changing result of my top surgery. This will provide me with the freedom that I’m excited to enjoy, including being able to go swimming and actually staying cool in summer! All jokes aside, you have helped to mark a new chapter in my life, for which I am incredibly grateful… ALL the best."

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