Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty is the surgical procedure for ear pinning.  This is an operation that is used to correct prominent ears.  The operation itself takes about 60 to 90 minutes to perform.  This is usually performed under local anaesthetic which means you are awake during the procedure.

Otoplasty is a commonly performed operation and was often performed in children.  Due to changes in funding in the NHS, this procedure not commonly offered now in the public sector. 


There are a number of techniques for ear pinning or pinnaplasty.  These procedures generally aim to define the antihelical fold which is the natural fold in the ear.  People with prominent or sticking out ears will often have a poorly defined fold.  Earfold was a technique of using a special clip to recreate the fold although these clips have now been discontinued.  We use sutures placed within the cartilage to fold back the cartilage and define the fold. This is performed under local anaesthetic and as a day case or outpatient procedure.

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There are a number of reasons why people may have prominent ears or consider ear surgery and these include:

  • Genetics or family history of prominent ears
  • Deep conchal bowls
  • Lack of antihelical folds
  • Asymmetry of the ears

What are the risks of pinnaplasty?

Pinnaplasty is performed under local anaesthetic.  The procedure involves making an incision behind the ear and using stitches to fold back the cartilage. Some potential risks with otoplasty are discussed below although your surgeon will discuss these and more during your consultation.


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