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Ear Correction Surgery (otoplasty)

Prominent or big ears can considerably interfere with the overall appearance of the face and cause quite some problems: children might be teased in school, adults might suffer from a complex, which can lead to low self-confidence. Thus, many wish to have their ears set back.

The goal of ear correction surgery is to provide lasting correction of ear prominence or ear asymmetry so that the ears are evenly positioned closer to the scalp. This is in general achieved by removing superfluous cartilage of the pinna. Usually, the pinna can also be put into the desired position without any problems.

Correcting this anomaly by otoplasty is one of the oldest procedures of aesthetic and plastic surgery and is a standard procedure of Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin. Ear correction surgery (otoplasty, also known as pinnaplasty) can be performed once the ear has reached its final size, i.e. from the age of 4 or 5 onwards. Ear reduction surgery can reduce the ear by one third of its initial size.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a personal consultation. Our surgeons will review, explain in detail, and discuss your options regarding »ear correction surgery (otoplasty)« at Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin.

Important things to know – before ear correction surgery

The use of pain killers as well as antipyretic agents (against fever) and blood thinners should be discontinued at least two weeks prior to ear correction surgery to allow for a smooth procedure free of complications. The same holds true for products that contain vitamin E or ginkgo biloba.

The otoplasty procedure

Otoplasty requires special operation techniques to achieve natural results. The auricular cartilage is thinned by using a diamond drill, reshaped and fixed with three or four sutures. The scars are hidden as small, fine lines behind the ear and hardly visible.

Beside ear set back surgery, there is also the possibility to reduce the size of ear lobes, to reshape them or to repair earlobes that are stretched or torn by heavy earrings and to reduce the size of earholes.

What are the complications that can occur in ear correction surgery?

Ear correction surgery is a standard procedure of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Nevertheless, general risks cannot be excluded, even when surgery is performed in accordance with state of the art procedures.

Swelling and bruising in the treated area are not uncommon. They usually disappear after a relatively short time all by themselves. There are very rare cases of infections, which can be mostly treated successfully with antibiotics. Generally speaking, ear correction (otoplasty) is among the plastic surgical interventions that cause the least complications.

Do I need anaesthesia for ear correction surgery (otoplasty) and how long do I have to stay in hospital?

Experience shows that most patients at Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin wish to get general anaesthesia for ear correction, but upon consultation with your surgeon and the anaesthetist, surgery can also be performed under regional anaesthesia with conscious sedation. Ear correction (pinnaplasty) is done as in-office procedure at Park-Klinik Birkenwerder/Berlin and takes about 1 hour.

Important things to know – after otoplasty

Since the human ear is very sensitive, it should be protected after ear correction surgery by a sterile head dressing or a removable bandage for at least three to four days. Once dressings and sutures have been removed, it is recommended to wear a special headband at night for another four weeks.

What costs do I have to expect in case of an ear correction (otopexy) and what does the health insurance fund take over?

The cost of an ear correction (otopexy) depends on the individual scope of service. Average prices can be found in our price list.

If you want to put your ears to it, it is a purely aesthetic measure. This means that the entire treatment including hospital stay and all additional costs usually has to be borne by yourself. Depending on the severity of the ear correction, the health insurances pay part or all of the costs for children under the age of 12 years.

Surgery information

Surgery duration:
about 60 minutes
from 1900 €
incl. 19% VAT plus anesthesia
Local anesthesia or general anesthesia
After treatment:
Patch and compression bandage remain for 3-4 days, re-presentation after 10 days, no stringing necessary

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