Otoplasty procedures

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your ears, otoplasty - or ear correction surgery - could be the right choice for you. 

This simple cosmetic surgery procedure enhances the appearance of ears by removing or reshaping the cartilage that sits inside. The procedure can help ‘pin back’ ears that stick out and make larger ears smaller.

You’ll be able to talk in detail with your surgeon about the results you want to achieve and they’ll work with you to attain the right position and shape for your ears.

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Young women who has had Otoplasty

What happens during ear surgery?

If you choose Transform for your otoplasty, you will have a completely bespoke experience. We’ll listen carefully to your aspirations and the results you’re hoping to achieve, and you’ll receive all the advice and support you need throughout your journey with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from your ear surgery.

1. Your first appointment

The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering ear correction, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you may need to take off work, and when you would like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.

2. Your surgical consultation

At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve. You can discuss every aspect of your ear correction surgery, from the different procedures to the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. If you’re happy to continue with booking your surgery, the surgeon will refer you to a clinic nurse for some pre-op tests.

 3. The otoplasty surgery

In most cases, ear correction surgery takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic, meaning there’s no need to stay in hospital. On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions.

You will know in advance which ear correction method your surgeon will use. This will usually involve making incisions behind your ears and then removing or reshaping the cartilage, so any scars will be hidden. Most of our patients are able to leave the hospital within a few hours of their procedure.

4. Otoplasty recovery

We’ll be here throughout the recovery process after your ear surgery to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Your ears are likely to be sore, swollen and bruised to begin with and the area will be bandaged. You’ll need to wear this bandage for about a week, during which time you won’t be able to drive because it will muffle your hearing.

Before you go home, we’ll talk to you about caring for your ears, make your follow-up appointment and give you the number for our out-of-hours patient helpline. If you have any worries, you can speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.

5. Aftercare

At Transform, we believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself. All patients have access to our three-year aftercare programme, and there is a out-of-hours helpline should you have any questions or concerns.

At your follow-up appointment, your bandage will be removed - you may need to wear a smaller headband at night for a few more weeks until your ears are fully healed. You may need to take a week off work for the initial healing period, and it’ll be around six weeks before you’ll be able to resume activities like contact sports and swimming, just in case you accidentally knock your ears.

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FAQs

At Transform, we're committed to providing the highest standard of clinical excellence and patient care.

As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks attached, but we’ll fully explain these to you so you can feel as confident and reassured as possible before going ahead.


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The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and feel no pain. Any discomfort after surgery will usually subside in a few days.


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Before you leave hospital, we’ll advise you on what to do to ensure you recover quickly from otoplasty. You may need to take a week off work for the initial healing period, and it’ll be around six weeks before you’ll be able to resume activities like contact sports and swimming.


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The minimum age for any consultation and a surgical procedure is 18. It is not possible to proceed with treatment if you become pregnant.

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Pricing & finance

If you prefer to spread the cost of your surgery, you can pay a deposit of just £500 and choose either 12 monthly interest-free payments or loan repayments over two to five years.