Ear correction (otoplasty)
This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure.
Cosmetic surgery of the ear, or otoplasty, is an aesthetic procedure that alters the size, position, or proportion of the ears. The outcome of ear reshaping surgery varies greatly depending on the changes that are desired, but these procedures generally improve self-confidence, especially in children and teenagers. If the ears stick out, ear pinning can be performed to flatten the ears against the head. If one ear is positioned higher than the other, ear repositioning can create symmetry. Large, oversized ears can be addressed alone or in conjunction with other ear issues.
Otoplasty surgery takes about one to two hours. Ear surgery is typically done local anaesthesia. Adults, however, have harder cartilage, and the procedure must be carried out by removing or repositioning cartilage after making a small incision in the ear.
Depending on your anatomy and desired changes, your doctor may make an incision hidden inside or behind the ear. Extra cartilage or soft tissue that makes the ear "stick out" too much can be removed. If normal folds are missing from the ear, they can be re-created by shaping the cartilage with permanent sutures or scraping the cartilage to contour it.
Am I a good candidate for otoplasty?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider otoplasty:
- If your ears stick out prominently,
- If your ears are disproportionate to your head or oddly placed,
- If you were born with overly large or small ears,
- If you have suffered an injury that has negatively impacted the shape or positioning of your ears.
If you are in good general health and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
- Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 3 weeks before the Ear Correction cosmetic surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
Overnight stay at the clinic is not needed.
Required minimum stay in Budapest 7 days after the surgery, recommended 7–14 days. Patients look presentable after 7days.
The patient wears a snug-fitting bandage for 24 hours, which is then removed and replaced with a ski-type headband to support the healing ears. This band is worn continuously for 5 to 7 days and then at night for 6 weeks. Postoperative discomfort is usually minimal. Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week
You can return to work and resume of your normal activities within 7 days. You can join sport activities and get back to full physical work in 2–3 months after the surgery.
Ear shaping surgery