Ear pinning (pinnaplasty) at Spire Leicester Hospital

Surgery to reshape your ears and give you an appearance you’re happy with.

Being unhappy with the way your ears look can have a significant impact on your self-confidence.

Why you might need it

You may decide you want this procedure because you feel your ears stick out too much or are too large, or you're not happy with their shape. Whatever the reason, we can help.

During this procedure, which is also known as pinnaplasty or otoplasty, small cuts are made behind each ear so cartilage can be re-shaped, folded or removed to give you a shape you're happy with.

We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you'll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.

How much does Ear pinning (pinnaplasty) cost at Spire Leicester Hospital

We can't display a fee for this procedure just now. Please contact us for a quote.

Spire Leicester Hospital can provide you with a single, fixed price for your procedure so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see and when you want. They’ll be with you every step of the way: from giving advice at your first consultation, through to offering on-going support after your surgery.

All of our consultant surgeons are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well equipped hospitals.

A consultant surgeon's reputation, qualifications and experience are vitally important, so we only work with consultant grade specialists. These are highly experienced consultants who have completed years of medical training.

All our consultant surgeons are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC), and many are also members of the UK’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery associations.

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

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Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

If your child is undergoing ear pinning surgery, we will invite you to bring your child for a pre-admission visit. You will meet some of the staff who will be looking after your child, and the visit will help them to feel more familiar with the hospital when they return for their actual admission.

Your consultant will give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your child's procedure. Once your child has been booked in to have ear pinning surgery, they shouldn’t eat or drink anything from midnight on the day of the operation. If your child has a cold or infection in the week before the operation, please phone the hospital. The operation may need to be postponed until your child has fully recovered.

Your treatment may be adapted to meet your child's individual needs, so it’s important to follow your consultant’s advice. It's natural to feel anxious before hospital treatment, but knowing what to expect can help. Please raise any concerns or questions with your consultants or children's nurse so you feel comfortable and in control. We're here to help every step of the way.

The procedure

We understand that having surgery can potentially be a time of anxiety and worry. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you, holding your hand, every step of the way.

Ear pinning normally takes between one and two hours. It can be performed under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep during the procedure, or under local anaesthetic. This means the area to be operated on will be numb but you'll be awake. If you have a local anaesthetic, we may offer you a sedative to help you relax.

During the surgery, your surgeon will make cuts behind each ear. The cartilage may be re-shaped, folded, or some of it removed depending on what you agreed with your surgeon. Stitches are then used to hold the ear back in its new position.


After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home. You’ll usually be able to return home later the same day following ear pinning.

Pain relief

Your ears may be sore, tender and feel numb for a few days, and you may experience a tingling in your ears for a few weeks. You may particularly be aware of this during the night. You can use over-the-counter pain relief to ease these symptoms.

We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.

Recovery time

After ear pinning surgery, your consultant will advise you on how to make your recovery as quick as possible.

You will need to wear a compressive garment over your head and ears for the first 24 to 72 hours. In the first week after the procedure the garment can generally be removed and the patient can return to work or school.

End results

You should be able to see the end results in six weeks or less, and any swelling should be completely subsided within three months.

How your loved ones can help

Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.

Looking after you

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. After ear pinning, typically our consultants will want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing. An appointment will be made for you before you leave hospital.

On rare occasions, complications following ear pinning can occur. If you experience any of these symptoms – redness and swelling around the scar or stitches being pushed out – please call us straight away. Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re ready to help.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

How to get to us

As well as being close to the city centre, we're just seven miles from junction 21 of the M1 and easily accessible from the A47 and A6.

We're less than an hour's drive from Nottingham East Midlands and Birmingham International airports.

We're three miles (or a 15 minute cab ride) from Leicester railway station.

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