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Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure that basically improves the shape, position or proportion of the ear. Otoplasty aims to correct the protruding ears and it is a commonly performed as a cosmetic surgical procedure. A defect in the ear structure that is present at birth or becomes apparent later can be corrected by otoplasty. This procedure can also treat deformed ears caused by injury. In contrast to the normal anatomical position, protruding ear deformity is a condition where the auricle is bent forward. This type of ear is a common problem in children, which can be the source of important psychosocial, emotional or behavioral problems. This causes people to hide their ears using different hair styles or even hats. It is the most common congenital ear deformity. Ear shaping operations are safe and do not cause hearing problems as only the outer part of the ear is operated.

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 also called prominent ears which can affect the patient’s confidence 
  • Anotia – a very rare condition where the external ear is totally absent 
  • Deformities caused by injury or trauma to the external ear 
  • Split earlobes which occur gradually due to large or heavy earrings
  • Previous otoplasty surgery 

Patients need to be at least 5 years old in order to have ear surgery or otoplasty surgery. Middle ear infections (otitis media) are common in children. Recurrent ear infection may require insertion of ear tubes. However, this type of ear surgery has a different purpose than an otoplasty procedure.

 

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I travelled all the way from US by myself to come here and get rhinoplasty done, my surgery was a week ago by Dr Hasan duygulu he is extremely professional and excellent at his job. My whole stay was made very easy and comforting by Kate, Sultan and Enes. I have been coordinating with Kate this whole time from the start till the end. She has been amazing throughout and ensuring. They all were there for me when i needed them and even after. It was a great decision for me and i m totally proud of myself that i was able to find the best and proceeded with it. I thank everyone part of luna clinic and the hospital for your kind and loving hospitality. I will recommend coming to Dr Hasan to everyone and anyone without any hesitation

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I had my rhinoplasty done exactly 12 days ago with doctor Hasan Duygulu. Before flying to Istanbul, I was very scared of doing this somewhere far from home but , from the first day of our arrival I knew I chose the right clinic; we met Sultan at the gate of the hospital, she was extremely nice and accommodating and organised, she comforted and still comforting me with answering every question and concerns possible and was with me through the whole before, during and after process which I am still experiencing btw. At the day of the surgery we met doctor Hasan, he is very nice and professional, I told him what I wanted and he took pictures of my face and showed me what my nose could approximately look like after the surgery and addressed my concerns and questions which were a lot btw :) he came to visit me right after I woke up and the next morning as well. The hospital was very luxurious and the nurses were very nice and all our needs were met perfectly, everything was super organised and easy. Today I removed my cast and I am very happy with the results as early as it is with the swelling I am very satisfied and I cant wait to see the final results which seem to be very close to the pictures he showed me. Thank you Luna clinic and especially Sultan for making this life changing decisions the best decision I made. The whole experience was easy, trusted and comfortable thanks to you

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The whole process went really smooth from the beginning, it was really easy to communicate with them. I had my mommy makeover done in June, 2021 and the only thing I regretted is putting off my surgery for some years because I did not want to travel abroad, but in the end it was all worth it. The prices are much lower and I was happy with my surgeon (Prof. Omer), he is such a friendly person and an amazing surgeon as well. I love my results and I've never felt so confident in my body, even before the pregnancy. I can recommend Flymedi and my surgeon in particular.

Not Recommended 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. Otoplasty procedure is the best option for patients who are in good health, have no active diseases or severe pre-existing medical conditions, do not smoke heavily and have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery. 

Patients with an active infection in or around the ear’s region are not good candidates for this procedure.

Discharge From Hospital

Usually no overnight stay is required

Duration Of Operation

1 to 2 hours

Preparation

Patients need to stop smoking at least a month before the otoplasty surgery, as it can interfere with the healing process and the anesthesia used. The usage of vitamins, current medications, supplements, and alcohol should be examined and limited if the doctor see it necessary according to the condition of the patients. Blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medicine, herbal supplements, 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 It Is Performed

The patient will first be administered either a local anesthesia, an intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. To correct the position of the ears, the surgeon will make an incision behind the ears, removed the excess skin and cartilage, and fix the ears closer to the head with stitches. It also common to correct the shape and position of the ear by reshaping the ear cartilage. Although there are several techniques used to reduce the size of the ears, the most common ones involve reduction of the earlobe or scapha cartilage.  

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 to avoid any pressure on the ears. Numbness may continue for several weeks, and mild bruising will generally disappear in up to 2 weeks. Patients may feel their ears stiff for several months. Soreness, pain and general discomfort particularly at night, can last for a few months.

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.

Risks

Ear surgery risks and complications can include: 

  • Allergy to anesthesia, sutures or tape used
  • Excessive bleeding 
  • Asymmetry 
  • Infection 
  • Persistent pain 
  • Unfavorable wound healing 
  • Inflamed, itchy scars
  • Revision surgery 
Side Effects

Otoplasty surgery side effects can include: 

  • Bleeding 
  • Itching sensations 
  • Nausea
  • Mild pain or discomfort
  • Temporary changes in skin sensation
Success Rates

Success rates in ear surgery are 91% in primary surgery and 100% success in revision surgeries, which were accepted as quite satisfactory. 

Before And After

Otoplasty surgery results are visible immediately, especially in cases of protruding ears. With the ear permanently located closer to the head, surgical scars are typically hidden behind the ear or alternatively hidden within the natural creases of the ear.

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. And there are new techniques developed and used for this condition which takes approximately 15 minutes per earlobe.

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.

Back To Work

1 to 2 weeks

Back To Sports

6 weeks