Pinning back those ears
Ear correction surgery is cosmetic surgery to alter the size or shape of the ears or pin them back if they stick out.
Pinning back the ears is known as an otoplasty, or pinnaplasty. It’s usually carried out on children and young teenagers, although adults may wish to have it done, too.
An otoplasty isn’t suitable for children younger than five as their ears will still be growing and developing.
Most people are happy with the results of an otoplasty, and generally it’s a safe procedure. But it can be expensive and there are still risks to consider.
In the UK, ear correction surgery costs about £2,500-£3,500, plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may be needed.
It would only be carried out on the NHS under exceptional circumstances – for example, in rare cases where a person’s ears are causing them significant psychological distress.
If you’re looking in England, check the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website for treatment centres that can perform ear correction surgery.
All independent clinics and hospitals that provide cosmetic surgery in England must be registered with the CQC. The CQC publishes inspection reports and performance ratings to help people choose care.
Also, research the surgeon who is going to carry out the operation. All doctors must, as a minimum, be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Check the register to see the doctor’s fitness to practise history.