Surgeon-Led Specialist Clinic

Led by plastic surgeon Dr. Ayad Harb, we pride ourselves on the standard of care, quality and safety of our treatments.

Central Clinic Locations

SRGN has three state of the art clinic locations in Central London, Bicester & Ascot.

Care Quality Commission

We're regulated by the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

GMC Registered Surgeons

All of our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council.




What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, commonly referred to as ear surgery, is a surgical procedure tailored to correct, reshape, or reposition the ears. It can provide profound benefits for both children and adults who may feel self-conscious about their ear appearance. This procedure can address a variety of concerns, including protruding ears, oversized ears, or asymmetrical ears.

For children, the operation can be performed as early as age five or six when the ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. This early intervention may prevent potential psychological impacts related to teasing or bullying. For adults, otoplasty offers an opportunity to correct lifelong dissatisfaction with the ears or to address deformities caused by trauma or injury.

The typical otoplasty procedure involves making an incision behind the ear, allowing the surgeon to access the cartilage. Depending on the desired outcome, the cartilage may be reshaped, augmented, or reduced. The ears may also be repositioned closer to the head in cases of protrusion. Although the specifics of the procedure can vary, the goal is always to create a natural appearance that is in harmony with the rest of the facial features.

Different techniques may be employed depending on the unique characteristics of each patient and the surgeon's expertise. Otoplasty may include pinning the ears back, reducing the size of large ears, or creating symmetry between uneven ears. It may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia, especially if it involves a younger patient.

Recovery after otoplasty is typically swift and straightforward. A bandage is usually worn around the ears for several days to support the new shape during the initial healing phase. Most patients experience minimal discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. Care must be taken to avoid activities that might bend or damage the ears during recovery.

A consultation with a skilled surgeon will provide a comprehensive understanding of what otoplasty entails. Careful planning ensures that the surgery aligns with the patient's specific needs and desires. The surgeon will assess the ear's current structure, discuss available options, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Otoplasty's success lies not only in enhancing the physical appearance of the ears but also in potentially boosting the patient's self-confidence and well-being. Whether performed for aesthetic reasons or to correct functional issues, otoplasty is a valuable option for those seeking to improve the ears' appearance. By adhering to the post-operative care guidelines and maintaining open communication with the surgeon, patients can expect a successful outcome and enjoy the benefits of this transformative procedure.

At a glance

Treatment Time

1-2 hours


Immediate, with caution

Hospital Stay

Usually discharged on the same day

Full Recovery

6 weeks

Time off work

1 week for adults, a few days for children


After 48 hours, avoiding ear area


After 2 weeks


1 week

Benefits of the treatment

Otoplasty significantly enhances the visual harmony between the ears and other facial features, offering an opportunity to correct issues like over-sized appearance, asymmetry, or prominence. It creates a balanced and pleasing aesthetic that resonates with patients seeking to improve their appearance. For many individuals, particularly children, the appearance of their ears can lead to self-consciousness or dissatisfaction.

Otoplasty can address these feelings, boosting self-esteem and confidence in various social and professional settings. The procedure's ability to be tailored to each patient's unique needs and desires adds to its appeal, allowing surgeons to work closely with patients to develop a plan that aligns with their specific requirements.

The strategic placement of incisions behind the ears or within the ears' natural creases ensures minimal scarring, preserving the natural appearance of the ears. For children subject to teasing or bullying due to the appearance of their ears, otoplasty offers a solution that can prevent potential psychological distress. By addressing the issue at a young age, the child may avoid self-esteem issues that might otherwise persist into adulthood. Additionally, otoplasty's capabilities extend to correcting certain functional problems, including repairing injuries or congenital deformities that may impact the ears' structure and function.

Recovery from otoplasty is generally quick and uncomplicated, with most patients resuming normal activities within a week. This swift recovery time, combined with minimal discomfort, adds to the procedure's appeal. Furthermore, the results of otoplasty are typically permanent, providing a lifelong enhancement to the patient's appearance. Once the ears have healed in their new position or shape, the results endure.

The long-lasting impact of otoplasty doesn't stop at the physical appearance. It often translates into increased opportunities in life, including professional and personal relationships. A more balanced and attractive appearance can lead to a more positive outlook on life, and the boost in self-confidence often accompanies new prospects and successes.

Performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, otoplasty stands as a safe and well-established procedure, with minimal risks when patients adhere to pre-and post-operative care instructions. In essence, the benefits of otoplasty extend far beyond mere cosmetic improvements. It represents a deeply transformative experience, enhancing both appearance and overall quality of life, making it a valuable choice for those seeking both functional and aesthetic corrections.

Is Otoplasty Painful?

Otoplasty is performed under anesthesia, so patients typically experience no pain during the procedure. Post-surgery, some mild discomfort or tenderness might be present, but this is generally well-managed with prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter analgesics. Slight numbness or a pulling sensation may occur but usually subsides within a few days. It's essential to follow postoperative care instructions, including attending follow-up appointments, to minimize discomfort and ensure a smooth recovery.

Can Otoplasty Be Reversed?

Reversing an otoplasty is often complex and may not be entirely possible due to the permanent alteration of tissues. Minor adjustments might be achievable, depending on the initial changes. Thorough communication with the surgeon before surgery is vital to align expectations. If dissatisfaction occurs, discussing concerns with the surgeon can guide possible revisions or additional procedures. Choosing an experienced surgeon minimizes dissatisfaction risk.

What Age Is Suitable For Otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be performed on patients as young as five or six, up to adults with no upper age limit. The critical factors are the patient's overall health and the specific goals they wish to achieve through the procedure. A detailed medical evaluation ensures the patient is an appropriate candidate, whether seeking cosmetic enhancement or correction of deformities.

How Long Do The Results Of Otoplasty Last?

The results of otoplasty are typically permanent. The ears' reshaped form is expected to endure throughout life, emphasizing the importance of a thorough pre-surgical consultation. Natural aging and certain lifestyle factors might slightly influence the ears' appearance, but these changes are usually subtle. Adherence to postoperative instructions also contributes to maintaining the achieved results.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Otoplasty?

While otoplasty is considered a safe procedure, risks include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. These risks are rare with a skilled surgeon and can be minimized by adhering to pre- and post-operative instructions. Proper care of the surgical site, following activity restrictions, and attending follow-up appointments will enhance safety and satisfaction with the procedure.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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