Hi everyone, I had my ears pinned back last december but i'm really unhappy with the results. The surgeon tied the middle part of my ears back but the tips stick out like an elf! I can't even look at anyone straight any more because i'm so embarrassed about how my ears look. I've tried growing my hair long, but the tips just pop through them. Have any of you experienced or know someone who has experienced this problem? I want to meet with a new surgeon asap so this problem can be corrected. I had such high hopes for the surgery and it sucks to be so depressed with the result...I don't even care how it's corrected, for all I care, the surgeon could just cut my tips right off and I bet they would still look better. Basically, the reason i'm posting is to see if anyone else has had this problem. Thanks.
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replied June 8th, 2006
Painful Experience
I'm really sorry for that disappointment honey.. I haven't experienced the same thing but I have been trying to get otoplasty for years, the thing is i'm only 15 years old and haven't had the money... I have extremley unsymetrical protruding ears, so I know what it's like to be desperate to hide them or just pray every night that you can get them just to look natural and somewhat like the "normal" ear.. It consumes much of my own time and even prevents me from doing things I love like dancing and swimming (in public anyway) because i'm so self-conscious of them. Wish you the best!!
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replied August 4th, 2006
My experience with this operation wasunsuccessful too. However, we all must stress that this is usually a successful operation.

My ears had a crease folded in them and that held them back and I was very happy with the result. However, a few weeks after the operation, the ears slowly came forward again and now are virtually in the same position as they used to be. Despite this, I do have a nice crease in my ears which make them look more normal, but i'm still not happy and I am going to get it done again. Also, I am a bit miffed because at the back of my ears there is a scare and it is still prominant.
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replied January 22nd, 2009
ears being pined back
I no what you mean im 14 and i realy whant them done. I never put my hair up not evan in p.e because i hate them so much i try to hide them when i go swimming i cover them up with my hair because i think what are people thinking also when im dancing in the shows i have to put my hair up im so wrroreid what people will think i dont focos on my dance but im soon getting them done we went to the doctors and they said it is free for people under the age of 18 you show them and if they agree that you need to they will let you get them done.
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replied February 20th, 2010
otoplasty ear correction
I have recently turned 15 and have always had extremely low confidence. My ears have been a big part of my self conciousness as they stick out a lot. I am constantly aware of them and havent worn my hair up in public for about two years now. So a couple of months ago, i went to the doctors and talked to someone about it. She wrote a letter to the hospital and i am getting it done for free. Anyone under the age of 18 can have it done for free so long as the see that it is for confidence and medical reasons other than cosmetic reasons. My operation is in a couple of months and i cannot wait although i am slightly concerned about what could go wrong. I sincerely hope for all of you with protuding ears or who have had a problem with the surgery the best and hope that you all get it sorted out.
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replied March 4th, 2010
josh
im thinking about telling my mum about it and telling her i want it done, im 14 now and i still get bullied about them so i grew my hair long, im a boy by the way, i grew it so it covers my ears im really self concious about them and want new hairstyles which arnt long i cant do that because of my ears, what do you think a doctor would say, would he let me get it done for free? they dont stick out like massivly but people notice and so do i ?
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replied March 6th, 2010
Otoplasty Ear Correction
i think you definately should talk to your doctor. ive wanted mine done for such a long time and my mum always said no their fine but in the last two years she has realised how badly it affects me and my self confidence and so she let me go and see the doctor about it. She was very understanding and wrote a letter to the hospital.After a couple of weeks i recieved a letter with an appointment to meet the surgeon and he told me everything i needed to know. My operation is in July and i cannot wait! I think that if you really want this done then you should definately go for it Smile 14 is a perfect age to get it done, a lot of really young children have it done as well. everyone one getting it done and wanting it done...... GOOD LUCK xxx
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replied March 30th, 2010
I am 40. I went through school with longer hair than I wanted to cover one of my ears. I was teased occasionally but I was my worst critic. I hated getting my hair cut and I would stay in after school until my hair grew again! When I was about 16 I even started to superglue my ear back - please don't try this. It gave me a short term feel good factor but the back of my ear would weep and the glue came off. I made quite a mess of my ear so please don't do this. I was 26 when I summoned the guts to go for surgery. I visited The Cambridge Private Hospital for a consultation with a surgeon. That went well and I the op on one ear. It was about a week after the bandages were removed that I decided the procedure had not been a success. I contacted the surgeon who told me to let things settle and visit him again in12 months. At this time the surgeon agreed he would carry out a new procedure and create a crease that was missing in the bad ear to give it better shape and hold it back. The result this time was a big success. As I said, I am now 40 with a good career, wife and beutiful children with cute little ears (after my wife!) I'm sure my life would be different if I didn't have my ear corrected. Go for it!
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replied July 8th, 2010
Hi, my name is Elene and im 12 years old from london. Most of my life I have been self concious about my ears, I do have long hair, but I want to be able to put my hair up on a hot day,and let it blow in the wind without being teased. When it comes to P.E and other sport activities, I sometimes skip school.

Sometimes,I just cant take the teasing any more, so I end up crying and crying for hours and hours. Some times its hard to believe that im not normal, and that my ears have made such a big impact on my life.

My family does not have enough money for me to have surgery, sometimes I start crying over the fact that i have to live with my ears for the rest of my life.

This might sound weird, but i pray for a miracle almost every day.

some one help me, please. I just want to be normal.
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replied November 27th, 2011
Elene,
I know how you feel. I am 31 years old and I believe I am about to have my dreams come true of getting a college education and getting my ears done in January. Please get in touch. I would love to talk to you. Maybe sometime in the future I can help you to pay for it. I feel your pain. I am hoping that my surgery goes well and that this summer I can actually go swimming and not worry about my wet hair sticking to my head and my ears obviously sticking out.... I might actually get to wear my hair up in my last year of college.. I just wonder what it would be like to be to tired to wash and style your and just put it up!! Have hope because it will happen one day. Just make sure you get your education and wait to have kids first. I did not do that so it is taking me longer. Both my kids have beautiful ears! I will be praying for you Elene. I am on facebook as Misty Allen if you want to look me up sometime. Take care.
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replied July 17th, 2010
Ear correction Surgery - how to get it done on the NHS for FREE
Elene, why don't you have surgery done through the NHS?
Its FREE and its the only way you can have this ear correction surgery for free.
You don't need your parents to make you an appointment to see your GP, so do it yourself if you can. I live in the UK too, and I know how it works: Just ask your parents which GP/Hospital you are registered with and then phone up to book an appointment to see your GP.
Once you're there, say to your GP that you want to be referred to the Plastic Surgery Department of your local hospital. DO NOT let him put you off. Stress, and do not leave until he says OK - Trust me, these GPs are devils when it comes to this. Do Not say it 'doesnt look nice' etc, Say it is the main reasoning of my bullying, I don't go out at all, I have no conifdence etc. Dont give the impression that you are doing it to look better (obviously you are, but the NHS won't fund cosmetic surgerys unless its approved due to a genuine concern).
You will then be sent a letter home to see a specialist within the Plastic Surgery Department to arrange a date for surgery.
Thats it. Done - Go for it Girl!
P.S. - Dont take from the plastic surgeon, say you want both ears symmertical and you expect them not to rush the operation and to use Medial Rulers to ensure they are as symmertrical as possible.

Post a comment back if you need more information, as I have been there done that.

Take Care elene
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replied August 3rd, 2010
Hi, I am 14 and my ears really stick out, and i am very self concious, so i never wear my hair up as people always comment or call me names. I have gone to my GP to ask if i can have surgery, but he is not very good (for example if you need anti-biotics he refuses to give them to you) and he said that they were not bad enough, to have surgery on the NHS. Is there anything else i can do? Has anyone had ear surgery, and what was it like?
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replied August 16th, 2010
Hi , im 16 and i hate my ears but im getting them pinned back for free as i have a medical card! I cant wait.
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replied March 4th, 2011
ears pinned back
hello im jamie, im 14 and im a boy i have one ear that stciks out more than the other and i dont think im normal at all most people have to ears sticking out, but i just have one, and i get teased sometimes aswell. Has anyone haad there ear/ears pinned back and has it changed the way you wanted or did it go wrong?
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replied June 13th, 2011
I had big ears.My mom and father have nice shaped ears and when I tell them the problem I have with my ears and all these low-esteem thoughts they just respond like it is not about physical appearance but it is in our society. Because of low-esteem I never got any girlfriend(and it really annoyed me because I wanted to had one, talk to her, send sms to her, give her some gifts and all the other romantic things), never had so many friends and always wished for better ears . About 4 years ago, I got my ears pinned back but unfortunately the tip of one ear is sticks out and it really annoys me. I am thinking of having one more surgery to correct it but I have to find money because I havent got any expectation that my family would accept to afford second operation for my ears,
But it is really so difficult to live with it and no one can understand without living like that.. I am relaxed when I see so many people here suffering the exact same problems that I suffer through all my teenager days.
I wish I and all those people out there could have the ear they wished for everytime... Remember there is always hope, never give up...
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replied July 8th, 2011
otoplasty
I had both of my children's ears done (otoplasty) a year ago and it was the best gift I could have ever given them! My daughter's look great but my son had to have his right one redone last week because of recurrence. It was still much better than before, but we just decided we wanted them "just right." My children are 9 and 7 now and so happy they had the surgery. They had zero pain after the procedure. If you are having self esteem issues, please consider this surgery!
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replied November 11th, 2011
Quiery about my ears
My name is Sophie and I have been to see the doctors about my ears, to me they are big and I lack in confidence in them. I never put my hair and I really want to, its like in the fashion now to wear have up funky. The doctor has give me four months to think about it but im so scared because he has discussed all the bad things that can happen in the operation such as it can mess up my ears 10x worst than they all ready are, and also bleeding , and a lot more I dont know what to do. Im so sad about it really !
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replied December 5th, 2011
ears pinned
HI
Kindra445567
Can you tell me did you manage to get your childrens ears done through the NHS or did you have to pay to have them done privatley? I am trying to get my daughters ears done, they are quite bad, unfortunatly it is the one thing she inherited from me! but my doctor has told me that unless she is being bullied and it is effecting her pshycologically the NHS won't do it which I think is disgusting, who wants there child to have to go throught that?! I had mine done when I was 6 through the NHS no questions asked!
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replied January 3rd, 2012
ears pinned back
hi i had my ears pinned back a couple weeks ago i was really happy with the results but now one has gone out again so i was wondering if i wore a headband for a bit would that help it at all to go back
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replied December 24th, 2012
Hi.. Am 23 years old, my ears stick out and i hate it, people always take the micky out of it.. I dont like going out and taking pictures.. I want my ears to be normal, just wondering if anyone could help me.. I dont have any money, am just wondering if anyone know out there that does it for free please let me know.. Thanks
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