Ear correction surgery or otoplasty refers to various cosmetic operations to reshape the ears in many different ways.
The most common procedure is ear pinning to correct ears which stick out by setting them back closer to the head. Ear correction surgery can also be used to reduce large ears, reshape the cartilage in ears with unnatural shapes, reduce large or stretched earlobes, rebuild new ears for people born without lobes or after an injury, reduce large creases and wrinkles in the ear or increase the size of very small ears.
Otoplasty is usually performed on children between 5 and 14 years of age, as having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable and recommended. The operation can be performed under a local anaesthetic; however, some people are given their anaesthetic via an intravenous drip or a general anaesthetic, (this is particularly common when children are having the surgery).
Private costs for ear surgery can range from approximately £1,000 - £3,000. In some cases children can have this procedure via the NHS.
This video shows the repair of an earlobe that has been serially stretched following piercing, and has subsequently split.
This video demonstrates a prominent ear correction procedure taking you through the steps of the operation, recovery period and results
This video explains the recovery process and possible complications following an ear pinning procedure for prominent ear correction.