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Ear Repositioning (Otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that is usually performed to move the ears into a more natural looking position closer to the head.

What does the surgery involve?

During the operation, the surgeon will adjust the shape of the ear cartilage to allow it to fold back into a more usual position. Surgery is carried out through an incision (cut) hidden in the fold on the back of the ear. Once corrected, this incision is stitched together and a rather bulky bandage is put around your head.

Otoplasty can be performed using either a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic and takes between one to two hours to perform.

Providing all is well, you can expect to go home the same day.

What are the risks and side effects of surgery?

Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, no surgery is without risk.

Blood can collect beneath the skin of the ear. This may need to be drained. 
Infection in the ears can occur although it is rare. Scars can become thick and red which may need further treatment.

Unpredictable results are possible (uncommon). Cartilage is a living tissue and it may alter its shape over time. Very occasionally, a second operation may be required to refine your results. It is also possible that the ear can return to its pre-surgery position. This, however, is rare.

When the dressings come off, your ears may look red or bruised for a while. However, the new shape should be fairly clear to see.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 276 591
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

0141 334 9441

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 276 9401
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775 861
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Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286 991
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Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
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Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715 000
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