Ear Pinning in London


Procedure time

1 to 2 Hours


Overnight stay

0 to 1 Night



Local with Sedation or General


Recovery time

3 to 6 Months

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Deciding to have your ears pinned (also known as an otoplasty or pinnaplasty), can be very sensitive in nature due to the bullying which is associated in children with larger ears, and the lack of confidence it can equally cause adults too.
Ear pinning is designed to resize, reshape or reposition the ears which may protrude outwards or be uneven in appearance. Here at Medbelle, our medical team are here to listen to your concerns to give you the best possible surgical outcome.

Choose Medbelle for Your Ear Pinning in London

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Medbelle Surgeons
If you are looking for a highly experienced surgical team to deliver your ear pinning procedure, then look no further than our Medbelle surgeons. All of our surgeons are BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) accredited. This means we are able to offer you the highest level of quality and professionalism throughout, which is recognised by trusted and independent bodies. They are also all trained in the UK and have at least 10 years experience as a certified plastic surgeon. Simply put, you are in the best, most capable hands when you book with Medbelle.

Our Ear Pinning surgeons in London

Walid Sabbagh

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  • Walid Sabbagh qualified from the University of Aberdeen in 1992 and became a fellow of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in 1996
  • After completing training in Plastic Surgery at the most renowned units in London (2002), he was awarded FRCS(Plast) and admitted to the GMC specialist register

"- Qualified from the University of Aberdeen in 1992 and became a fellow of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in 1996 - Awarded FRCS(Plast) and admitted to the GMC specialist register"

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Edmund Fitzgerald

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  • Was the 1st in National Selection out of 276 candidates for Plastic Surgery Training
  • Has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications and volunteers for BFIRST charity providing trauma and burn reconstruction work and training in less economically developed countries

"Throughout his career he has written, published and presented over 30 research papers relating to leading cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery techniques."

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Ahid Abood

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  • Completed a senior microsurgical fellowship at St Andrews Centre, Broomfield
  • Appointed as cosmetic fellow by Nagor at the McIndoe Centre Hospital, East Grinstead

"He is the Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge."

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Adam Topping

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  • Active teacher of future plastic surgeons due to his extensive career as a consultant
  • Published extensively in the field of plastic surgery with numerous TV appearances

"Adam has appeared twice in Channel 4 programme ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ where he performed breast reduction surgery."

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Jonathan Britto

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  • Subspecialist training in craniofacial surgery in Paris, France and Toronto, Canada
  • Held the title of President of the Plastic Surgery Section at the Royal Society of Medicine in 2014

"Mr Britto has been appointed as the 'President of the Section of Plastic Surgery' for the Royal Society of Medicine."

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Samer Saour

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  • Mr. Samer Saour is a highly-committed cosmetic surgeon having completed the prestigious London Pan Thames Plastic Surgery training program and a number of highly renowned fellowships in London and Brussels
  • He is an author of a number of book chapters and has published and continues to publish extensively within the field of Plastic Surgery and has presented his work both nationally and internationally at plastic surgery meetings around the world

"Mr. Samer Saour completed the prestigious London Pan Thames Plastic Surgery training program and a number of highly renowned fellowships in London and Brussels"

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Richard Baker

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  • Expert in the minimisation of scarring when treating patients
  • Published 16+ research papers in highly-regarded medical journals

"Richard Baker is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in hand and wrist surgery, correction of abnormalities in children and cosmetic surgery."

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Rana Das-Gupta

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  • Holds positions on multiple plastic surgery training committees and sits on the GMC appeal panel
  • Has held training positions at many of the famous plastic surgery units in London

"He has appeared frequently in the media as a plastic surgery expert, including: GMTV, London Tonight, The Gloria Hunniford Show, The Mail on Sunday and many others."

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Foiz Ahmed

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  • Innovative surgeon with a Masters in Surgical Technology, utilising the most advanced techniques and equipment
  • Has attended international training programmes in order to be able to offer expertise in a range of cutting edge plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments

"He has attended international training programmes in order to be able to offer expertise in a range of cutting edge plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments."

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Tania Cubison

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  • Received the McGregor Gold Medal in her FRCS(Plast) exam among other prestigious awards
  • Appeared on National TV as part of BBC's "NHS in a Day" for Burns and Amputee care

"Miss Tania Cubison is one of a very small number of female plastic surgeons in the South East of England."

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Medbelle Locations in London
Approaching any kind of surgery can seem daunting at first, but here at Medbelle we will take care of you every step of the way. We currently offer ear pinning at 3 of our locations in London, meaning you can choose the hospital which will most suit your needs.
At Medbelle, we offer a very caring and thorough consultation process, ensuring your requirements and queries are met at every stage of your procedure. This high level of service extends not just to the operation itself, but throughout the aftercare process too.

Featured Medbelle Locations in London
Weymouth street Hospital is situated between Harley Street and Marylebone Street in central London. Providing first class healthcare, it is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most luxurious independent hospital. Patients are treated to high class interiors and amenities. All surgeons at this hospital are local to the area, meaning patients always have access to excellent care.

Highgate Private Hospital is in easy reach of Central London and the Home Counties. All of it’s 43 patient bedrooms are private and en-suite. Over 200 of London’s most experienced consultants and specialists work with the hospital, which provides a wide range of medical and cosmetic procedures.
Cosmesurge is based in the heart of Harley Street, and caters for clients seeking a discreet boutique experience for their cosmetic surgery procedure. The group is part of the UAE’s largest healthcare providers, providing a range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the heart of London.

Your Ear Pinning in London

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Ears can be genetically disposed to sitting outwards away from the skull, or there might be a lack of a natural curve in the upper part of the ear, which can make the ears protrude away from the head. One of the ways you can correct this is by having your ears pinned, which is also known as an otoplasty.

To achieve more streamlined ears, your surgeon will make an incision behind the ear in order to expose and then reshape the cartilage. By making an incision here, this also ensures any scars will be very discreet.

Your surgeon will suture each ear into its new position, checking throughout that it is sitting correctly and much flatter to the head. Once they are happy with the new size, shape or positioning they will close the incision. Your ears will then be tightly bandaged to help stabilise their new positioning, where you will return to the ward.

As ear pinning is a short procedure taking between 1-2 hours to complete, you should be able to go home the same day. There are some aftercare steps you must take for the first few weeks, and it’s advised that you take at least 1 week off work to recover from surgery.

It may take 3-6 months for your ears to fully heal and settle into their new position.

London Pinnaplasty: Frequently Asked Questions

If you are currently researching ear pinning in London, we know you are bound to have a lot of questions. Here we will answer some of your top questions below.

  • Will an ear pinning operation affect my hearing?


    Patients are extremely unlikely to notice a difference in their hearing, following an ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery. This is because your surgeon will only operate on the pinna section of your ear, which carries the soundwaves to the middle and inner ear.

  • Can I still wear glasses after my operation?


    You can wear glasses normally after your ears heal completely.

    However, you’ll be unable to wear glasses during the recovery period. You should therefore consider wearing contacts if you require glasses, which you may want to organise ahead of time prior to surgery.

    You’ll also need to wear a headband day and night for up to a week following surgery, and at night time for a month. This is so your ears have enough time to heal and set in their new position.

  • Will I require a general or local anesthetic?


    Ear pinning (otoplasty) can be performed under general or local anesthetic. The method which suits you depends on a number of factors, and this will be discussed with you prior to surgery.

    Generally speaking, children tend to have the operation under a general anesthetic. Adults normally opt for local anesthetic to reduce recovery time. In addition, the operation time is quite short and you will be able to go home the same day, so a local anesthetic is usually the most popular option.

Our London Hospitals

The London Welbeck Hospital

I am very pleased with the treatment at LWH; this put me at ease for the procedure and set me up for a good recovery.All medical staff has been very accommodating and caring. Thank you.

One Hatfield Hospital

The only way to describe the experience with One Hatfield was amazing. I would recommend this hospital and I would definitely return if I wanted to undergo any other procedures

Highgate Private Hospital

The Highgate hospital where I had my procedure is lovely. The staff are friendly and really look after you.


Beautiful waiting room. Very calm. Polite and helpful staff. Very clean. Surgeons room very clean spacious and bright. Overall very welcoming. One follow up ran late by 20 minutes but these things can't be helped.

Cadogan Clinic

All the staff at the Cadogan Clinic were lovely and took very good care of me. I have felt in safe hands every step of the way and highly recommend to anyone.


What an amazing service we had from Medbelle. From the day one I spoke to Georgia she guided us throughout the surgery. Even the after care was … read more
Shami, 05/09/19
A first class brilliant service from my care advisor, Chloe at medbelle. Made life 10x easier with the messages I could send and receive through… read more
Jordan Good, 28/03/18