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Pinnaplasty (Bilateral)

Pinnaplasty (Bilateral)

Ears that ‘stick out’ are most often a genetic condition that occurs from birth, but may also be caused by injury / trauma. It is considered to be the norm for ears to lie flat against the head, so when they do not, the ears can then become a noticeable feature that some consider to be unattractive.

A pinnaplasty procedure is used to help flatten the appearance of one or both of the ears, ‘pinning’ them back. At Chester Cosmetic Surgery this is a day case procedure that may be carried out using either a general or a local anaesthetic. This surgery is frequently carried out on children who often suffer the effects of others’ comments, but it is not uncommon for adults to also request the procedure.

Although each case is approached individually, the surgery typically involves Miss Breahna making a small cut behind the ear to allow her to place stitches that bring the ear closer to the head. As well as stitches, a head bandage will help to keep the repositioned ears in place while they heal, which may need to be worn for up to 6 weeks (everyday and night for 2 weeks, then just at night for a further 4 weeks).

The ears will need to be kept dry for around 1 week, and when you’re able to start washing your hair, you’ll need to use warm water and gentle products. Stitches are usually removed at a follow up appointment 7 – 10 days after the procedure, which is when you may be able to return to school / work.

At a glance

Procedure Time
90 minutes
Procedure Anaesthesia
Local anaesthetic
Procedure Downtime
Approx. 2 weeks
Procedure Results
Flatter looking ears

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Who Needs Pinnaplasty

Pinnaplasty is suitable for individuals of all ages who are dissatisfied with the shape, position, or size of their ears. While it is most commonly performed on children between the ages of 4 and 14, adults can also benefit from this procedure. Candidates for pinnaplasty may have one or more of the following concerns:

  • Protruding Ears: Protruding ears, also known as bat ears, occur when the ears stick out prominently from the head. This can be a source of self-consciousness and may lead to teasing or bullying, especially in children. Pinnaplasty can correct this issue by reshaping the cartilage and pinning the ears back closer to the head, creating a more balanced and natural appearance.
  • Asymmetry: Some individuals may have ears that are asymmetric, meaning they are not symmetrical in size, shape, or position. Pinnaplasty can help address this concern by reshaping and repositioning the ears to achieve a more balanced and harmonious appearance.
  • Congenital Deformities or Trauma: Certain individuals may be born with ear deformities or have acquired them due to trauma or injury. Pinnaplasty can correct these deformities, improving both the aesthetics and functionality of the ears. This procedure can restore confidence and enhance the overall facial appearance.

Benefits of Pinnaplasty

Undergoing pinnaplasty can provide many benefits, both physical and psychological, for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their ears:

  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: Pinnaplasty can have a profound impact on an individual’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Correcting ear-related concerns can help individuals feel more comfortable and confident in social and professional settings. The procedure can alleviate the psychological distress associated with having protruding or asymmetrical ears, leading to improved overall well-being.
  • Improved Facial Harmony: The ears play a significant role in framing the face and contributing to overall facial harmony. By reshaping and repositioning the ears, pinnaplasty can enhance the balance and proportion of facial features. This can result in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and improved facial symmetry.
  • Long-Term Results: Pinnaplasty offers long-lasting results, as the reshaped cartilage maintains its new position over time. Once the ears have healed, the outcome of the procedure is generally permanent. This means that individuals can enjoy the benefits of pinnaplasty for years to come, without the need for further intervention.

Types of Ear Correction Surgery

Pinnaplasty

Pinnaplasty, as previously discussed, is the general term for ear correction surgery. It includes various techniques used to reshape and reposition the ears, addressing concerns such as protrusion, asymmetry, or deformities.

Earlobe Reduction

Earlobe reduction is a procedure performed to reduce the size or reshape the earlobes. This is commonly done for individuals who have elongated or excessively large earlobes. Anca will remove the excess tissue and reshape the earlobe to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Earlobe Repair

Earlobe repair is a procedure designed to correct earlobe deformities caused by trauma, injury, or earlobe stretching. Anca will carefully suture and reconstruct the damaged or stretched earlobe, restoring its natural shape and contour.

Pinnaplasty Procedure Explained

Pinnaplasty is performed under local anaesthesia, although general anaesthesia may be recommended for young children or individuals who are particularly anxious about the procedure. The surgery generally takes between one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the case.

To begin the procedure, Anca will make small incisions behind the ear, allowing her to access the cartilage. Anca will then reshape and reposition the cartilage to achieve the desired ear contour. Anca may use sutures or permanent stitches to secure the new shape of the ears. These sutures will be hidden within the natural creases of the ear or behind the ear, ensuring minimal scarring.

After the procedure is complete, Anca will apply dressings to protect the ears and promote proper healing. In some cases, a headband or bandage may be worn to maintain the new position of the ears during the initial stages of healing.

There are different types of ear correction surgeries available, depending on the specific concerns and goals of the individual. The most common types of ear correction procedures include: pinnaplasty, earlobe reduction and earlobe repair.


Recovery and Aftercare

After undergoing pinnaplasty, it is important to follow the recommended recovery and aftercare instructions provided by Anca and her team. This will help ensure optimal healing and minimise the risk of complications. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Rest and Recovery: It is important to rest and limit physical activities for the first week following pinnaplasty. Avoid any activities that may put strain on the ears, such as contact sports or activities that involve vigorous head movement. It is also advisable to sleep on your back during the initial healing period to avoid putting pressure on the ears.
  • Medication and Pain Management: Anca may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort or pain during the initial stages of recovery. It is important to take the prescribed medication as directed and avoid any over-the-counter pain relievers without your surgeon’s approval.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Anca to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing. Anca will remove any dressings or sutures as needed and provide guidance on when it is safe to resume normal activities.
  • Protecting the Ears: During the healing process, it is crucial to protect the ears from trauma or injury. Avoid any activities that may involve direct contact with the ears and wear protective headgear, such as a helmet, if necessary. It is also advisable to avoid exposure to excessive heat, direct sunlight, or chlorinated water during the initial stages of healing.

Pricing & Funding for Pinnaplasty in UK

In the UK, the demand for this surgery has seen a steady increase, driven by the desire for aesthetic improvements and the psychological benefits associated with enhanced self-esteem and confidence. Understanding the pricing and funding options for ear correction surgery in the UK is crucial for those considering this procedure.

The cost of ear correction surgery in the UK varies widely depending on several factors, including the complexity of the surgery, the surgeon’s experience, and the location of the clinic or hospital. On average, the price can range from £2,500 to £3,500. This fee covers the surgeon’s charges, anaesthesia, hospital or facility fees, and follow-up appointments. However, it’s important to note that prices can be higher for more complex procedures or if additional cosmetic enhancements are performed simultaneously.

Prospective patients should also consider the potential costs of pre-surgical consultations, which may or may not be included in the overall price. Additionally, since ear correction surgery is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, the cost is not covered by the National Health Service (NHS) or most private health insurance plans, making it an out-of-pocket expense for the majority of individuals.

Funding Options

Given the significant outlay, many clinics and private hospitals offer financing plans to help patients manage the cost of surgery. These plans often allow for the total cost to be spread out over a period of time, making the procedure more accessible to a broader audience. Interest-free options may be available for shorter repayment periods, while longer terms might incur interest.

Some individuals may also consider personal loans or credit cards as alternative financing options. It’s essential to carefully compare interest rates, repayment terms, and any additional fees to ensure that the chosen funding method aligns with one’s financial situation.


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Frequently asked questions

Chester Cosmetic Surgery often considers patients for this procedure if they are unhappy with the appearance of particularly protruding ears. A thorough consultation will ensure you are fully informed on the details of the surgery, and what results to expect. Miss Breahna takes great care of her patients and ensures she uses the most suitable approach and up to date surgical techniques.

As with most surgery, some mild pain and discomfort are to be expected with pinnaplasty. During your consultation we will discuss the most suitable anaesthetic to use to ensure you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. You may need to take oral pain relief for a few weeks after surgery to minimise any post-surgery discomfort. Most patients report that the pain is minimal to moderate and subsides within a few days.

Swelling and bruising is to be expected as a result of cutting into the skin and tissues. Whilst most bruising will disappear after 7 – 10 days, swelling may take several weeks to subside, along with any sensitivity. Bandages and stitches are usually removed around 7-10 days and most patients return to work and normal activities at this point.  You should avoid contact sports for three months to protect the ears. 

Like any surgical procedure, ear correction surgery carries certain risks, including infection, bleeding, asymmetry, changes in skin sensation, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Occasionally the stitches can loosen up and part of (or the entire ear) may need to be pinned back again. There’s also a risk of dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. However, choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon can significantly minimise these risks.

Scarring is inevitable in any surgery, but for ear correction surgery, scars are well-concealed behind the ear or within the natural creases of the ear, making them less noticeable. Over time, these scars typically fade and become even less visible.

Yes, there are non-surgical alternatives, such as ear splinting for infants, which involves reshaping the soft cartilage with splints. For adults seeking minor adjustments, filler injections might offer temporary improvements. However, these alternatives may not provide the permanent results that surgery can achieve.

In many cases, untreated ear deformities do not lead to physical health problems but can have psychological and emotional impacts, such as reduced self-esteem or social teasing. Treatment is often sought for cosmetic reasons and personal comfort.

The need for ear correction surgery is often due to congenital conditions leading to protruding or misshapen ears, or it can be the result of injury. Conditions like macrotia (overly large ears) and microtia (underdeveloped ears) are common reasons for seeking surgery.

During the procedure, patients are under anaesthesia so they don’t feel any pain. Post-surgery, any discomfort or pain can typically be managed with prescribed pain medication. Most patients report that the pain is minimal to moderate and subsides within a few days.

While ear correction surgery aims to provide permanent results, there’s a small risk of some movement over time due to the natural elasticity of the skin and cartilage. However, significant changes are rare, and the outcomes are generally long-lasting.

Preparation may include stopping certain medications, avoiding smoking, and arranging for someone to drive you home post-surgery. Anca will provide specific instructions based on your medical history and the details of your procedure.

Immediate changes can be seen once the dressings are removed, usually within a week. However, the final results will become more apparent as the swelling and bruising subside and the scars soften over the following weeks to months. Full healing and the ultimate outcome can be judged after 6 months to a year.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

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