Ear Pinning Surgery

What is ear pinning surgery?

Ear pinning surgery (pinnaplasty) is an operation to reshape the ears and make them less prominent. This can be done from the age of approximately 6 years depending on the thickness of the cartilage.

This operation can be performed under local anaesthetic for adult patients, but is better under general anaesthetic for children. The surgery is performed as a day case. Ear pinning surgery is not normally funded by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation.

Not normally funded treatment or procedure:

Ear pinning surgery to improve appearance will not usually be carried out on the NHS for cosmetic reasons. However, there may be rare exceptional circumstances.

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation.

Advice and further guidance:

Ear pinning surgery generally involves:

• making one small cut (incision) behind the ear to expose the ear cartilage
• removing small pieces of cartilage if necessary
• scoring and stitching the remaining structure into the desired shape and position.

For more information search for ‘ear correction surgery’ at www.nhs.uk

See separate pdf leaflet (141 KB) for more information on Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Solihull, Birmingham CrossCity and Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Download the pdf leaflet pdf here (88 KB) .

Download the Treatment Policy Detail here