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Otoplasty surgery, also known as ear surgery is a type of plastic surgery procedure performed in order to correct any defects or deformities of the pinna (also known as the external ear). Ear surgery or otoplasty surgery can also be performed to reconstruct a deformed, absent or defective external ear.

Defects or deformities of the ear can be caused by:

● Congenital conditions such as anotia or microtia
● Physical trauma in the ear region

Ear Surgery Candidates

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty surgery can correct and improve the proportion, position or shape of the external ear.

Candidates for otoplasty surgery or ear surgery usually suffer from one or more of the following:

● Extremely large ears – known in the medical world as macrotia
● Extremely small ears – known in the medical world as microtia
● Protruding ears which can affect the patient’s confidence
● Anotia – a very rare condition where the external ear is “missing”
● Deformities caused by injury or trauma to the external ear
● Previous otoplasty surgery

Patients need to be at least 5 years old in order to have ear surgery or otoplasty surgery.

Am I Suitable for Ear Surgery?

Ear surgery or otoplasty surgery is not recommended for children under the age of five. The procedure must be performed after the ear reached its full growth. Ear surgery is not recommended for heavy smokers, morbidly obese patients, patients suffering from diabetes or patients who recently went through radiation therapy. Patients with an active infection in or around the ears region are not good candidates for this procedure.

Preparing for Ear Surgery

Patients need to stop smoking at least a month before the otoplasty surgery, as it can interfere with the healing process and the anaesthesia used. Blood thinners, anti inflammatory medicine, herbal teas and omega 3 capsules need to be avoided for at least 2 weeks because they can increase the risk of excessive bleeding.

How is Ear Surgery Performed?

The patient will first be administered either a local anaesthesia, an intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is usually used for the otoplasty surgery.

Once the anaesthesia kicks in, the ear surgery can begin. The surgeon will begin marking the incision sites. The incision is usually made on the back side of the ear. Once the incision is created and the underlying cartilage is altered to a more appealing shape, internal sutures are applied in order to help the cartilage maintain its shape. The internal sutures are non-removable, as they are vital to maintaining the new ear structure.

Once the ear surgery is over, stitches are used to close up the incision.

Ear Surgery Summary


Local or General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Usually no overnight stay is required

Back to Sports

6 weeks

Duration of Operation

1 to 2 hours

Back to Work

1 to 2 weeks

Ear Surgery Recovery

Patients need to wear dressings over the wound for around 5 days during the otoplasty recovery period. Patients also need to wear a headband while sleeping for around 3 to 6 weeks after the otoplasty surgery. Patients need to avoid scratching, bumping or any type of pressure on the ears during the ear surgery recovery period. The bandages need to be worn as instructed by the doctor. Patients can usually return to work in around one or two weeks - most of the post-op swelling will subside during this period, but it may take up to 3 months for it to dissipate completely.

Ear Surgery Risks and Complications

Ear surgery risks and complications can include:

● Excessive bleeding
● Asymmetry
● Infection
● Persistent pain
● Unfavourable wound healing
● Revision surgery
● Allergy to anaesthesia, sutures or tape used

Ear Surgery Side Effects

Otoplasty surgery side effects can include:

● Bleeding
● Itching sensations
● Mild pain and discomfort
● Temporary changes in skin sensation

Ear Surgery Success Rates

Ear surgery reviews set the average success rate at 96%.

Before and After Ear Surgery

Otoplasty surgery results are visible immediately, especially in cases of protruding ears. Scars are well hidden behind the ear or in the natural creases of the external ear. If the patient undertook ear reconstruction surgery or more extensive ear surgery, results will become noticeable in stages, over a longer period of time.

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Ear Surgery Cost

Average Ear Surgery costs are € 1,616, based on Ear Surgery prices from 28 clinics. Cheapest Ear Surgery cost is € 735 where Ear Surgery prices can go up to € 2,500.

Ear Surgery prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Ear Surgery in Turkey is a popular option where Ear Surgery costs as low as € 1,200. You can also find Ear Surgery clinics in Hungary starting from € 850. Ear Surgery in Poland is another popular option where prices start from € 735.

Please note that the Ear Surgery prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Ear Surgery procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Ear Surgery procedures. To receive a personalized Ear Surgery quote, please click HERE.

Ear Surgery FAQ

Can otoplasty surgery or ear surgery affect or improve my hearing?

No, it cannot. Ear surgery can only improve the aesthetics of the external ear.

Can the earlobe be reduced as well, during otoplasty surgery?

Definitely – earlobe reduction or earlobe reconstruction is a popular ear surgery procedure. Larger earlobes are a sign of old age and many people find them unattractive.

How long before I can resume sports or exercise after ear surgery?

Patients need to avoid any type of exercise for at least 6 weeks after the ear surgery. Contact sports need to be avoided for at least 3 months after otoplasty surgery.