What is otoplasty?

At Karidis Clinic, all ear pinning and reshaping surgery procedures are carried out by one of the best-known otoplasty surgeons in London, Mr Alex Karidis. For UK-leading consultancy, aftercare and results, get in touch today.

Otoplasty, also referred to as pinnaplasty, ear correction surgery, ear pinning surgery, ear reduction surgery or ear reconstruction surgery, is a surgical procedure used to improve the position and shape of ears. This form of aesthetic ear surgery can also be used to improve large, stretched or even split earlobes or lobes with large creases and wrinkles. The function of the ear is not affected by its shape; however patients who opt for this surgery are often dissatisfied with protruding or misshapen ears which the surgery can help rectify.

Why might otoplasty be required?

Our genes largely dictate the shape and size of our ears. In these respects, ears can vary enormously between individuals as well as between the right and left side. In situations where the ears appear to be particularly prominent or when the shape looks decidedly out of the normal, psychological effects are often experienced. The child with protruding ears is often the subject of continuous taunts and teases which can be upsetting. Feelings of self- consciousness, rejection and hostility can become underlying reactions to lack of peer acceptance.

Karidis offer expert cosmetic surgery and aftercare in London, from some of the best, most highly skilled medical professionals. Our otoplasty before and after images highlight our exceptional results. For more information on otoplasty surgery at our London Clinic, carried out by one of the best-known otoplasty surgeons in the UK, get in touch.

Quick Reference


1 hour

Anaesthesia Used

General anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

Day case

Pre Admission Tests

Blood tests, MRSA, +/- ECG


2 - 3 weeks


1 week


2 weeks

Final Result

6 - 9 months

Suitable for

Ear shape position and size

Our Otoplasty Recovery Guide

Karidis Clinic Cosmetic Surgery Guides

Click here to go to the Karidis Clinic guide to your otoplasty recovery including the expected timeline, the questions we always get asked, and tips from Stevie, our highly experienced surgical nurse.

FAQs for Ear Correction Surgery (Otoplasty)

The main surgical objective during prominent ear correction surgery is to reduce the protrusion and at the same time to provide a normal configuration when the ear is viewed from the side.

This objective is achieved by modifying the flexibility of the cartilage beneath the skin, thereby creating a more desired shape and position. An incision of around 4-5 cm is made in the skin in the groove behind the ears where any remaining surface scarring will be less visible.

Occasionally, incisions are placed on the front surface of the ear, although these are placed inconspicuously within the normal contours or creases. After correction of the shape and position of the ear is accomplished, the incisions are sutured and the ears are carefully padded with cotton wool and secured with a bandage.

If you have discussed the procedure and conveyed and agreed your expectations fully before the operation, chances are you’ll be quite pleased with the result. By significantly improving the appearance of prominent or misshapen ears, successful otoplasty can also boost personal confidence and self-esteem.

If it is understood that the goal of otoplasty is an improvement and not perfection, then this can be deemed one of the more successful cosmetic surgery procedures.

In accordance with the National Healthcare commission guidelines, according to the last five years of annual audit figures submitted to the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London, Mr Karidis performed numerous successful Otoplasty Procedures per year.

Please ensure that you notify medical staff of any excessive swelling, persistent high temperature (above 37.5 degrees for 12 hours or more) or uncontrollable pain. Most often there is nothing to be concerned about, however, it is always best to check!

The goal of otoplasty surgery is to gain improvement, not perfection. If you’ve discussed the procedure and your expectations before the operation, you will likely be very pleased with the result. By significantly improving the appearance of prominent or misshapen ears, an otoplasty procedure can also boost an individual’s personal confidence and self-esteem.

Ear Correction surgery requires a surgeon fee, an anaesthetist fee and a hospital fee. The price also includes all of your pre-operative and post-operative care. The cost may vary slightly depending on your unique requirements, but we will give you a detailed quotation following your consultation.

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