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Otoplasty (inc earlobe repair and reshaping)

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What is otoplasty?


What are the benefits of otoplasty?


Are there any risks?


Is it right for me?


What is otoplasty?

If you’re unhappy with the way your ears look, we’re here to help. Our team is highly experienced in ear correction surgery and will support you through every step of your journey.

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a popular cosmetic procedure. It can improve the appearance of ears that protrude, that are overly large, or that have become misshapen. If you’re unhappy with the shape of your ears or feel that they ‘stick out’ too far, we understand this can affect your confidence.

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Otoplasty can help by reshaping or removing your ear cartilage to ‘pin back’ the ears. The procedure can also change the shape or size to suit your facial proportions. Our team of leading cosmetic surgeons can advise you on reshaping your ears for the result you want to achieve.

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What are the benefits of otoplasty?

Ear reshaping is performed if your ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect, if you feel they are too large in proportion to your head, or if you do not like how far your ears stick out from your head.  

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Your self-confidence could improve following surgery as you may feel happier about the way you look. You will also have a wider choice of hairstyles to choose from if you have been using your hair to hide your ears in the past.

We aim to create more proportionate, natural, and symmetrical looking ears after surgery that, where needed, are closer to your head. 

Are there any risks?

All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.

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As a guide, they occasionally include inflammation, numbness or tingling, blot clots, ear stiffness, bleeding and infection.  

Is it right for me?

There are a number of reasons people choose ear reshaping. Only you can know the impact of having ears that you feel stick out too far, are too big, or are not the right shape. The effect of being happier with how you look cannot be overestimated - our patients tell us that, by looking better on the outside, they feel better inside and their self-esteem and confidence is boosted. 

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It is imperative that you know what you like and do not like about your ears, and what you hope to change. During your free surgical consultation, you can discuss this with the expert surgeon.


The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you and let you know the cost.

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Fast Facts

Surgery Time: 2 hours
Time Off Work: 1 week
Hospital Stay: Not required
Full Recovery: From 7 – 10 days
Exercise: After 4 weeks
Scarring: Minimal and hidden behind the ears
Final Results: 6 - 8 weeks

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Otoplasty (inc earlobe repair and reshaping) FAQs

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How long does ear surgery take?
Ear surgery normally takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic.
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You’ll normally be able to leave hospital on the same day as your ear surgery.
Can I decide the shape of my new ears?
You’ll be able to discuss the shape you are looking for with your surgeon. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account and these will be discussed during your consultation.
Is the surgery painful?
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and don’t feel any pain. Any discomfort after surgery will usually subside in a few days.
What happens after ear correction?
After an otoplasty is completed, you will have a dressing put on in the operating theatre. It is important that this dressing is not removed for at least 7-10 days.

Next steps

Your journey step by step

Your first appointment

Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.

If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.

Your surgical consultation

During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.

If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.

The surgery

You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.

The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.


The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.

Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.


At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.

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