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Hi, I know that cosmetic surgery isn't avaliable on the NHS unless there are psychological links to it. Ive tried to save up enough to get cosmetic surgery for an earlobe reduction, I've been quoted £600-£1000.. per ear!

I'm 18 and Ive been bullied about them for a long time, I used to get mean comments online, I always try my best to hide it in photos, as if it wasn't hard enough being called dumbo/elephant throughout my school years I went to get a job and had customers point it out to me and making jokes about them... this really affected my self-confidence and led me to grow out my hair and sometimes it'll just make me really sad and not want to leave the house, I've also had people edit pictures of me and sometimes people stare at me, I just really want them to be normal so I can get on with life, be happy In university and be happy in a public job.. if I had the ability to pay I really would, do you think if the NHS would treat this? I'm genuinely not lying and I'm thinking about seeing my GP but I feel like they won't take it seriously?
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You don't want the NHS to do it. Higher chance of the surgery going wrong and making things even worse for you. Best to save up and go to an expert such as David Gault.
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You don't want the NHS to do it. Higher chance of the surgery going wrong and making things even worse for you. Best to save up and go to an expert such as David Gault.
True.. but I think I'd most likely be referred to a private surgeon, I doubt the NHS has its own surgeons trained for such things since it's rare
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True.. but I think I'd most likely be referred to a private surgeon, I doubt the NHS has its own surgeons trained for such things since it's rare
Maybe. Probably you're not likely to get it on the NHS, you'd have to prove you are suicidal.

Also how did you post this thread anonymously?
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I didn't know they could reduce earlobe size. Do you mean have them pinned back? I think it's a simple enough procedure. Have you spoken to your family about it?


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Maybe. Probably you're not likely to get it on the NHS, you'd have to prove you are suicidal.

Also how did you post this thread anonymously?
Omg... I thought proving depression would be enough. I gusss I'll give it a shot, if worse comes to worse I'll just get one of those finance schemes for it.

It's only available in certain forums, usually health, sexual health, mental health and relationships, probably a few others. Then there's a box which says "post as anonymous" between the main box and thread title box
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I didn't know they could reduce earlobe size. Do you mean have them pinned back? I think it's a simple enough procedure. Have you spoken to your family about it?


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I was thinking more surgically cut them off but leaving a natural look ofc.

Yeah, they don't take it seriously. Even they've made jokes about it, guess they don't realise just how sensitive I am to the issue
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I was thinking more surgically cut them off but leaving a natural look ofc.

Yeah, they don't take it seriously. Even they've made jokes about it, guess they don't realise just how sensitive I am to the issue
You could try explaining how important it is to you. They might be able to help financially
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You could try explaining how important it is to you. They might be able to help financially
Thanks! I’ll book in with my GP. I just saw the procedure is to the GP who’ll then refer you to a psychiatrist to asses if you meet the criteria which is if it is causing “serve stress”… the waiting list is probably 9 weeks+ for the next stage so I might as well start saving up while I wait just in case
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Hi, I know that cosmetic surgery isn't avaliable on the NHS unless there are psychological links to it. Ive tried to save up enough to get cosmetic surgery for an earlobe reduction, I've been quoted £600-£1000.. per ear!

I'm 18 and Ive been bullied about them for a long time, I used to get mean comments online, I always try my best to hide it in photos, as if it wasn't hard enough being called dumbo/elephant throughout my school years I went to get a job and had customers point it out to me and making jokes about them... this really affected my self-confidence and led me to grow out my hair and sometimes it'll just make me really sad and not want to leave the house, I've also had people edit pictures of me and sometimes people stare at me, I just really want them to be normal so I can get on with life, be happy In university and be happy in a public job.. if I had the ability to pay I really would, do you think if the NHS would treat this? I'm genuinely not lying and I'm thinking about seeing my GP but I feel like they won't take it seriously?

I've had ear surgery done. I had my ears pinned back (pinnaplasty) almost a year ago, I'll give you my story. I first went to the NHS regarding my ears about 2 years ago telling them that it was affecting my mental health, which it was, I lacked so much self confidence and suffered from a poor self image. My GP filled out all the documentation and referred me to a plastic surgeon (took a few months), eventually we meet and he explained everything to me and said that realistically it wouldn't happen under the NHS, as we all know what the NHS is currently going through. After this I was referred back to my GP and for about a year they wasted my time and gave me false hope saying that they need to discuss it with the CCG (NHS organisation) for funding.

Eventually I realised it was going no where and I contacted the surgeon I met previously because he did offer the surgery privately (I found this out online upon googling his name, he didn't mention it).

Long story short I had the surgery done by him which cut me some slack as the private cosmetic market isn't as strictly regulated as it should be (there are surgeons out there who may do a botched job), this guy worked for the NHS and a well known private surgery so I had some peace of mind.

All I'll say is that as your 18+ (as I was/am) the NHS is unlikely to fund it so your better off going private with a reputable, registered surgeon local to your city. If you need any more advice please do ask!
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If u tell the nhs how much your ears mean to u, and how u pose confidence from them they should understand. Also they have specialist surgeons for everything so don't worry, the person doing it will be VERY good
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Hi how much did this cost in total? And was it anywhere close to London?
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Hi how much did this cost in total? And was it anywhere close to London?
Hi, I am the previous poster who had the surgery done. It has been almost 3 years and life is good, never looked back. Mine cost me just over £2500 and was in London. I'm sure there are many surgeons offering it nowadays since there is a lot of hype around such surgery. If I had to give tips it'd be what I did...

- Lots of research around procedure, surgeon & hospital/clinic
- ENSURE surgeon is GMC registered
- Look at the work experience and where they work (just Google their name) - it'll give you peace of mind that they're experienced (or not).

Most importantly only have it done if your determined, I went through many months of weighing up the pros and cons-it is a life changing procedure.

I wish you all the best.
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did u end up having this surgery? what’s ur story?
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Who was the surgeon?
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