Ear Reshaping Surgery

Although protruding ears do not usually affect a person's hearing, they can sometimes cause embarrassment and psychological distress. As one of the first parts of the body to develop to full adult size, protruding ears can be distinctly noticeable in children, often leading to teasing or bullying.

With adults, protruding ears can cause practical problems. For example, they may find it uncomfortable wearing certain items of headgear, such as a motorbike helmet. Women with protruding ears may also feel embarrassed about wearing their hair up.

The outer ear is designed to protrude from the side of the head at an angle of between 20 to 35 degrees. More than 35 degrees results in protruding ears. Ears protrude if there is too much cartilage, if the ridge of cartilage at the top of the ear does not fold properly during development or as a result of an injury.

Ear reshaping, better known as Otoplasty and sometimes called pinnaplasty, is a surgical technique, where the cartilage is remodelled to create the missing folds and position the ear closer to the head.

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Information about Ear Reshaping procedure
Length From 2 to 3 hours
Anaesthesia General
In/Outpatient Outpatient
How is Ear Reshaping Surgery Performed?

Otoplasty surgery takes 2-3 hours to perform, usually under general anesthesia, although sometimes with local anesthesia for adults. The incisions will be made behind the ears, where the cartilage will be sculpted, folded or removed, to allow the ears to sit closer to our head. Sutures will close the incisions to maintain the new ear shape.

What should I expect coming out of Ear Reshaping Surgery?

You may be required to stay in hospital over night. There is surprisingly little discomfort from this surgery, especially if the ears are in a head dressing. However, you will be instructed to inform your caretaker if the dressings feel too tight.

What should I expect in my recovery period?

You will need to keep your head elevated for the first few days. Do not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medication. Your surgeon will instruct and supply you with oral medication for the initial pain relief. Sometimes mild swelling persists for several weeks. Bruising will disappear within 7-10 days. Stitches generally are removed within a week of surgery. You will probably be instructed to wear gauze dressing or bandage for a few days or up to several weeks, depending on swelling, to ensure that your ears heal in their new position. Often a ski band to cover the ears is worn at night to prevent the ears from bending during sleep. Avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early post-operative period. Usually, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities and return to work within a week to 10 days.

What should I expect for my long term outcome?

If you are self-conscious about your ears, and always keep them covered with your hair, then this surgery can open up new possibilities for changing your appearance and your body image.

Procedure Nights Price
Ear Reshaping Surgery 3 € 2.500
Included in our all inclusive package price (excluding flights) are;
Accomodation (You can bring one person FREE of CHARGE)
Transfers between the airport, residence, consultations and hospital.
Full consultation with your surgeon/dentist the day prior to the operation
Pre-Operative Blood Tests
Full Examination
Surgery
All Medication
An Overnight Stay in the Hospital (where necessary)
All Post-Operative Treatments and visits to the surgeon
Dressings & Surgical Wear (where necessary)
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