Ear Pinning

ear pinProtruding ears can be a source of embarrassment for children and adults alike. For adults, there may be more associated anxiety because of the years of built up embarrassment. Thankfully, the surgery is relatively straightforward and recovery is usually short.

Your expectations need to be realistic. The procedure is used to improve the projection of the ears by pinning them back to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Whilst many of our patients are thrilled with the results of ear surgery, we cannot guarantee symmetry of both ears.

Ear Pinning – What To Expect?

How Long the Procedure Takes

Routine ear surgery lasts approximately two hours. Most patients are mobile within a few hours and some choose to stay overnight in hospital, although, this is not a requirement


Skin and cartilage are removed from behind the ears, following which they are then sculpted to bend back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape, with the incision marks cleverly concealed in the natural crease behind the ear. An alternative technique can be used so that no cartilage is removed; using stitches to fold the exposed cartilage back on itself, the ear can be reshaped. Again, the stitches are concealed in the natural crease behind the ear.


You will need to wear a full head bandage to support your ears in their new position for seven to ten days. Your ears may throb a little for a few days, however, this can be relieved with medication. Stitches will usually dissolve, in about a week.

The recovery time is fairly short for this procedure; most adults can go back to work around five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, however physical activity for children should be supervised*.

* Recovery rates vary from patient to patient.

The Daily Mail spotted and featured Ollie Locke, the reality star from Made in Chelsea,
leaving 111 Harley St after having Ear Pinning Surgery with Dr. Yannis Alexandrides.
Read more here.

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Cosmetic Surgery Disclaimer

BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary significantly — because you are a unique person. Our Plastic Surgeons take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.

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