What is Pinnaplasty?

Pinnaplasty, commonly known as ear pinning, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the ears. The procedure includes altering the shape or size of the ears to pin them back from sticking out. It is a common procedure performed to help people regain confidence. Pinnaplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and usually takes one hour to perform.

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Surgery Time

2 - 3 Hours

Time Off

1 - 2 Weeks


Local or General

Full Recovery

3 Months

Reason for Pinnaplasty?

Ear correction surgery is usually done to:

  • Correct protruding ears
  • Correct a past injury which may have altered the appearance of ears
  • To create facial symmetry
  • Regain confidence

Pinnaplasty surgery is commonly performed in younger children to correct overly prominent ears however, many adults choose this procedure.

Correct Protruding Ears

Pinning ears closer to the head for a confident appearance

Facial Symmetry

Increases self confidence

If Pinnaplasty surgery sounds like the perfect procedure for you and you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us below for a consultation with James Wokes

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Frequently Asked Questions

Undergoing plastic surgery is a major decision and you must be aware of what the treatment entails. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions people ask before making a final decision.

During Pinnaplasty surgery, a small incision is made to your ear, usually at the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. Depending on the reason why you’re having the procedure and what you are happing to achieve, different pinnaplasty techniques may be used including small pieces of cartilage being removed. The cartilage is pulled back, and stitches are placed at the back of the ear to alter the shape and pin it closer to the head. The procedure, on average, takes one hour to complete. This is dependent on how the procedure is performed and what is being done.

It is unlikely you will be required to stay in hospital, but Mr Wokes will discuss this at consultation. Post-operation, you will be asked to wear a compression band around your head to protect your ears and allow for them to heal efficiently and effectively. During the first week, there will be swelling which is completely normal and will begin to reduce after the first few days. After the first week, you should feel comfortable enough to resume normal activities including work. You should avoid any strenuous activities for the first few weeks and final result of surgery may not be fully apparent for up to 3 months.

Otoplasty and Pinnaplasty are both ear correction procedures. You may hear Pinnaplasty being referred to as otoplasty and vice versa, there is no difference in procedure. All ear correction procedures are tailored to the individual’s needs and reasons for choosing the procedure. 

Ear surgery is a minimally painful procedure. During the recovery stage, you may experience some mild discomfort due to the swelling. Whilst wearing the compression garment you may feel some tightness however, this is completely normal and is required for recovery. The pain you may experience during the first few days can be treated with painkillers. Mr Wokes will advise you on the best painkillers to help alleviate any discomfort.

Like all cosmetic surgery procedures, there will always be a risks of complications. The procedure itself is safe and helps to boost the confidence of people who feel self-conscious about the appearance of their ears. Mr Wokes will make you aware of concerns to look out for when recovering. A general idea of things to look out for is any bleeding, signs of infection, and any adverse reactions. If you feel you are having a bad reaction to the procedure you should seek medical advice from Mr Wokes as soon as this is noticed.

Pinnaplasty is a completely safe procedure if performed by a professional and registered plastic surgeon. Mr Wokes will be able to answer all your questions and concerns you may have during an initial consultation. He will ensure it is the right procedure for you.

You should always check your surgeon is registered and has the right to practice before deciding. You can check your surgeon is registered through the general medical council.

You can also find out more information about cosmetic procedures through BAPRAS and BAAPS