An ear surgery (also known as an otoplasty) is cosmetic surgery aimed at changing the shape, size or angle of your ears. In most cases, this surgery involves pinning back protruding ears to deliver a more pleasing look.

QUICK DETAILS
WHO IS THIS FOR
  • People who are self-conscious about the size, shape or angle of their ears
  • Otoplasty is mostly done on children and adolescents but adults request the treatment as well
TREATMENT DURATION
  • 1 to 3 hours
RECOVERY TIME
  • Return to work or school in about 1 week
  • Avoid contact sports and other forms of vigorous activity for around 3 months
  • Numbness and swelling can last for up to 2 weeks
  • Pain can linger for several months after the procedure
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Infection of the skin and cartilage
  • Bleeding and blood clots
  • Inflammation
  • Recurrence of the original issue (ears may return to their original position)
  • Asymmetrical ears
  • Over-correction
SUCCESS
  • Success rates vary around the world but are well in excess of 90 percent in Asia and Europe.

Costs

The cost of an otoplasty depends on the procedure you need to undergo and if you are having surgery performed on one or two ears. The location where you choose to have treatment will also factor into your final price.

  • Poland

    €750
  • Czech Republic

    €780
  • Hungary

    €810
HOW DOES IT WORK?

An otoplasty involves a range of different techniques to replace, reconstruct or correct deformed ears or parts of the ear. In most cases, the procedure involves remodelling the cartilage in the ear to move the ear closer to the head or create missing folds.

Here’s the breakdown of an otoplasty procedure:

1. Consultation
The first step is having a consultation with the surgeon. You will be taken through the procedure step by step. You will also be asked a series of questions about your medical history, including questions about allergies and underlying health issues. This is your chance to ask questions about preparing for the procedure and how to manage your pain and recovery afterwards.

2. Anaesthesia
Most patients undergo otoplasty procedures under local anaesthetic. However, young children or those with certain underlying conditions might be advised to have a general anaesthetic. This will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.

3. The otoplasty procedure
Either a plastic surgeon or an ear, nose and throat surgeon will start the otoplasty by making a small cut behind the ear in order to expose the cartilage. Depending on the nature of the issue being corrected, the removal of cartilage fragments may be necessary. Some procedures also include the manipulation, scoring and stitching of remaining cartilage to achieve the desired shape or angle.

Are there different types of otoplasty?

There are three main types of otoplasty - which of them you're offered depends on the scale of your cosmetic issue, the surgeon you choose and any underlying health issues you may have.

An ear augmentation will probably be offered if the pinna (outer ear) hasn't developed properly. The most common type of otoplasty is the otopexy. This common and relatively safe procedure involves pinning back protruding ears and leaving them much closer to the head.

Otoplasty techniques can also be used to perform ear reductions, when the pinna is so big it causes self-esteem issues for the patient. The development of unusually large ears is called macrotia.

Most surgeons will need to make at least one incision behind the ear to manipulate the cartilage. However, newer techniques involve scoring cartilage through the skin - making incisions unnecessary.

What should I expect?

Your anaesthesia and pain-relief options will be explained to you during your initial consultation. While you might be advised to avoid a general anaesthetic, there may be the option of combining intravenous sedation with a series of local anaesthetic injections.

The surgeon will need to make a reasonably large incision behind your ear, so there will be pain, bruising and swelling to contend with. There will also be a scar afterwards, but it should fade over time - becoming almost invisible after a few months.

Any surgical procedure can lead to fear and anxiety, so don't be afraid to discuss your emotions with either your clinicians, your family, or us at Qunomedical.

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