Ear reshaping, also known as otoplasty, is a surgical procedure which is carried out to reduce the size of the ear, reshape it, or ‘pin back’ prominent or misshaped ears. This simple cosmetic surgery procedure enhances the appearance of the ears by removing or reshaping the cartilage that sits inside.
This is a very straightforward procedure which can be performed on both men and women who feel their lives are being negatively affected by how their ears look. The Transform team guides thousands of patients through their cosmetic surgery each year, so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands.
Ear reshaping is performed if you don’t like how far your ears stick out from your head, if you feel they are too large in proportion to your head, or if your ears are misshapen due to an injury or birth defect.
After surgery, you may find that your self-confidence improves through feeling happier about the way you look. If you’ve been using your hair to hide your ears in the past, you’ll also have a wider choice of hairstyles to choose from.
Following otoplasty surgery, we aim to create more natural, proportionate and symmetrical looking ears that, where needed, are closer to your head.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you are aware of any potential risks that ear reshaping may pose, however small. This means that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information, but, as a guide, they occasionally include inflammation, numbness or tingling, blot clots, ear stiffness, bleeding and infection.
People choose ear reshaping surgery for all sorts of reasons. Only you can know the impact of having ears that you feel are too big, stick out too far, or are not the right shape.
If your ears are impacting your self-esteem and holding you back, then you may feel it’s time to consider this procedure.
It’s very important to be sure about what you like and don’t like about your ears, and what you want to change. You can discuss these ideas with your surgeon to decide how you’d like them to look after treatment.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the ear reshaping cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the ear reshaping cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
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Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The initial step in your otoplasty journey is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering ear surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery if you decide to go ahead. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from your surgery. You can discuss every aspect of your ear reshaping, from the different procedures, surgical method and recovery time to the benefits and risks, and there’s no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to answer any questions you have. Your general health will also be assessed, and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment for you.
If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
In most cases, ear correction surgery takes around two hours and is performed under local anaesthetic, meaning you can usually go home within a few hours of the procedure. On the day, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.
You will know in advance which ear correction method your surgeon will use. This usually involves removing skin and reshaping the cartilage from behind the ears. The ears will then be stitched into the new, corrected, position. The incisions will be expertly concealed behind the ear, in the natural crease, meaning any scars will be hidden. The surgeon is likely to put a bandage around your head to help your ears heal in their new position and to protect them from infection.
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. Your surgeon will advise how long to keep this in place, and whether you should wear a smaller and lighter (sports style) headband to protect your ears once removed. We’d recommend you don’t drive during the time you are wearing these, as your hearing will be muffled.
Before you go home, we’ll talk you through how to care for your ears and we’ll also make a date and time for your follow up appointment. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number in case you feel you need to speak to a member of our clinical team.
Providing the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re on hand to support you after your treatment, too. Your surgeon will help you decide how much time to take off work so that you can fully recover before returning to your usual everyday life. We’d recommend leaving it several weeks before doing any lifting or driving. You should also avoid smoking while you recover, as it slows down the healing process.
You’ll have a further post-operative appointment, so we can check that you’re healing well and are happy with the results of your procedure. Any scarring should be neat and hidden behind the ears and, although all surgery leaves scars, these should fade over time. If you’ve got any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.
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