If you are concerned about the protrusion of your ears or other ear-related issues, otoplasty is an extremely effective procedure that works to realign or reshape your ears to your preferred shape or position.
The CREO Clinic’s experienced otoplasty specialist, Dr Omar Tillo, has performed countless successful otoplasty procedures of all varieties throughout his illustrious career, and has the skills and expertise necessary to make natural-looking alterations to the shape of your ears.
Book a consultation at the CREO Clinic today to speak to Dr. Tillo about your suitability for the treatment, any queries you may have, and the many ways otoplasty surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
AnesthesiaGeneral, Local or Sedation
Surgery time1-3 hours
Full recovery6 weeks
What is an Otoplasty?
An otoplasty is a cosmetic ear correction surgery that alters the position, size, or overall shape of your ears. If you feel your ears protrude too far out from the side of your head, otoplasty can ‘pin back’ your ears so they settle more closely to the side of your head.
When the outer edge of your ear sticks out more than you would like, an ear pinning surgery, or ‘pinnaplasty’, can flatten your ears through small alterations to the cartilage. These changes will align your ears more closely with the sides of your head, giving you a more streamlined silhouette.
Very large ears (macrotia) can come in many shapes and sizes; you may feel concerned about the size of your ears overall, or just about sections of your ear like your earlobes or outer helix. An ear reshaping surgery works to decrease the size of your ears so as to match your desired aesthetic.
Benefits of Otoplasty Treatment
There are many benefits to otoplasty surgery. The procedure is often cited as one of the most rewarding cosmetic treatments, given its relative simplicity and capacity for life altering change. Here are a few examples of its major advantages:
- Very safe – Otoplasty is one of the safest cosmetic treatments to undergo, as it can be performed with local anaesthetic and requires minimal incisions.
- Offers a boost to confidence – One of the most important benefits of a cosmetic ear surgery ability to create more aesthetically pleasing ears that improve symmetry and allow you to feel more confident about the way you look.
- Can address a variety of issues – An ear correction surgery can address various needs, offering the possibility of an enlargement, a reduction, or a reshaping of your ears. Whether you have one, or multiple issues you wish to address, an otoplasty can be a great solution.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in the UK?
At the CREO Clinic in London, otoplasty begins at £3,900, rising to £5,200 when general anaesthetic or sedatives are used. Earlobe repair begins at £990.
A full cost breakdown will only be available to you after your first consultation, as each surgery the CREO Clinic performs is bespoke and designed specifically to meet your individual needs.
Should you wish to spread the cost of your surgery, and explore our financing options through our partners Chrysalis Finance. Financing is available at 0% APR over 12 months, and longer periods are available.
Steps of an Otoplasty Procedure
Depending on the type of procedure required the techniques used in your otoplasty will vary. Ear pinning surgery entails making a small incision behind the ear which allows your surgeon to make an alteration to the cartilage, adding a permanent suture to the ear fold, holding it in place.
An ear reduction is performed by making an incision on either the upper ear or earlobe, then exercising a section of cartilage or tissue and ceiling the incision back up using sutures. Ear augmentation requires the use of prosthetics placed either under or over the skin to increase the size of either a section of your ear or the ear overall.
An area augmentation or reduction will require incisions being made into the main folds of the outer ear. Your incisions will then be neatly sutured together with a strong likelihood of very minimal scarring.
Otoplasty Recovery Process
In most cases, otoplasty recovery will take at least six weeks, but significant changes to your ears will be visible immediately after the procedure.
After the surgery, you should be able to return home on the same day and to work and other light activities within a few days.
You will need to wear a head bandage for one week after the surgery to minimise swelling, after which you will need to switch to an elastic headband used only at night for six weeks. You can begin light activities a few days after your surgery, but you should avoid contact sports or anything that could cause pressure or pulling on your ears for at least eight weeks.
The results of your otoplasty will be visible immediately after the procedure, but a full recovery will take at least four weeks. You can enjoy the final, permanent shape of your ears once your swelling has subsided – generally around six months after the surgery.
What is The Best Age for Otoplasty?
There is no upper age limit at which a candidate is not appropriate for otoplasty – adults of any age can take advantage of the procedure’s many benefits.
How Long Does an Otoplasty Last?
The effects of your otoplasty are likely to be permanent, so you can enjoy them for the rest of your life. In very rare cases, minor revisions may be necessary, but these are typically small readjustments that should require no further revision.
Does the NHS cover Otoplasty?
It is sometimes possible to receive otoplasty via the NHS, although this is most common for younger children. However, if you are deemed an appropriate candidate by your local NHS trust, backed up waiting lists may mean that you could wait months or years for your surgery. As a result, choosing a private alternative can be advantageous.
Can I Wash My Hair After Otoplasty?
Once your bandages have come off, usually after one week, you can carefully begin to wash your hair again. Even then, you should take care not to soak the incision sites for too long a period.
When Can I Sleep on My Side After Otoplasty?
The swelling in your ears that is common after otoplasty can make sleeping on your side uncomfortable for a time after the surgery. You should be able to return to side sleeping after four weeks of downtime have passed.