Approximately 1-2% of the population in the United Kingdom have prominent or ‘bat ears’. Often the shape and size of the ears is inherited. Prominent ears may lack a normal fold of cartilage underneath the skin. Children with prominent ears are sometimes teased and this can lead to bullying and a loss of self-confidence.

Pinnaplasty or otoplasty is an operation which adjusts the shape of the cartilage within the ear to create the missing folds and to allow the ear to lie closer to the side of the head. The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthestic, however, it can be done under local anaesthesia in suitable adults.

Click to download information booklet: Otoplasty and Pinnaplasty

Click to open the EAFPS patient information on Otoplasty

The North Hampshire ENT Partnership is a team of consultants specialising in a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders that affect the Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) including snoring and sleep disorders, cosmetic and skin surgery.


Our surgeons provide specialist care by drawing from the 50 plus years of combined NHS experience and the many areas of individual specialist expertise available within the partnership.


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