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Prominent Ear Correction


The aim of prominent ear surgery is to set back or pin back the ears so they are closer to the head. This can improve the appearance and reduce the visible prominence of ears.

Sadly many children (and adults) may get unwanted comments about the appearance of their ears with teasing at school. This operation can help change the appearance, restore confidence and stop any unwanted attention.

The procedure involves removing skin at the back of the ear followed by reshaping of the cartilage to recreate the (antihelical) fold and set back the ears. This is performed with long lasting permanent sutures.

The operation has very high patient satisfaction rates and can be performed easily as a day case under general anaesthetic or indeed in adults under a local anaesthetic if required.

After the operation it is important to take things easy, avoid activities for a few weeks and contact sports for a couple of months. A headbandage is usually required for the first week and thereafter just a headband at night for 6 weeks.

For further information on pinnaplasty/prominent ear correction in Sussex, Surrey, Kent or London then please phone the office on 01342 330302.

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Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

1.5 - 2.5 huours


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance



Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance



Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance



Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance



Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day (body only). Hair washing 1 week


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

1 week


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

8 weeks


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

4 - 6 weeks


Prominent Ear Correction
At a Glance

1 week


The average operation involves an incision behind the back of the ear and some sutures to hold the ears back in place. Sometimes manipulation of cartilage needs to be performed by surgeons to optimise long term results. It is important to have realistic expectations and Mr Banwell will discuss these with you.

Mr Banwell recommends a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist. Children have this done as an inpatient with a one night’s stay in hospital, while adults may have it performed as a day patient.

Generally we like to see all patients at least twice although a consultation fee will only be charged for the first visit. Mr Banwell will discuss with you exactly what your aims and expectations are regarding possible surgery. He will also talk to you about how realistic these aims are. Patients are encouraged to see Mr Banwell as many times as they require prior to surgery so that he can fully understand what you would like to achieve out of the surgery and also so that you are fully informed of what the procedure involves and the potential risks or complications.

After the operation both the ears are covered with special dressings, which are held in place by bandages. These are left in place for seven days. One of the hospital nurses or our office will contact you after the operation to ensure that you have no problems during your convalescence. After seven days there is often some bruising and swelling of the ears and this settles over a period of weeks. The sutures behind the ear tissue that are not normally noticeable are dissolving. Mr Banwell will encourage you to wear a tennis headband at night for six weeks to hold the ears in an appropriate position while you are sleeping. The procedure to pin back projecting ears does not interfere with hearing.

There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring. Specific risks include tenderness of the ears, some pain, numbness, post-operative bleeding from under the dressings, return to theatre, pressure from the dressings and sutures, thick scars, skin loss, skin contour irregularities, loss of corrected shape and need for further revisional surgery.

  • Surgical fees
  • Specialist head bandage
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee

These were only minor operations, but I have never had anything like it before. All I can say is that it was an excellent place to start. The care was excellent from start to finish with a perfect blemish free outcome. I would certainly recommend the service to others.

Warwick S.

The team at the McIndoe Surgical Centre who looked after me were very friendly and helpful. They calmed me down and put to rest any last minute concerns. I love the outcome of the surgery and would definitely recommend Mr Banwell to other people.

Francesca L.

Mr Banwell’s care of my daughter was excellent – he is a great communicator with children. The hospital staff was very helpful and efficient. The surgery is very neat with minimal scarring – I’m sure it will make a big difference to her life as she grows up.

Elena W.


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