Many people feel self conscious about their ears, often hiding them beneath hair or hats. The good news is ear correction surgery (otoplasty) is more affordable, quicker and safer than ever before, allowing you to feel more confident about your appearance.
People with ears that ‘stick out’ often presume their ears are simply too big for their head, but this is rarely actually the case. There are two reasons why ears project too far from the head. The first is an excess of cartilage behind the ear that pushes the ear forward.
The second cause is when the ear is missing a fold called the anti-helical fold. This results in a flat ear that projects outwards. Both can be corrected with otoplasty surgery.
The aim of ear correction surgery is to reduce the projection of the ears to an optimal angle of 15-20 degrees from the head. This is achieved by making an incision behind the ear and using sutures to create an anti-helical fold in patients that did not have one before.
In the case of excess cartilage, a portion is removed from the concha area, which allows the ear to be sutured closer to the head, in a more pleasing position. It is also possible to remodel the size or shape of the ear lobe.
In most cases otoplasty is a very simple and straightforward surgery that can be carried out using local anesthesia only (except children). Otoplasty can safely be performed on children as young as six-years-old.
In this instructive video Dr Kai Kaye, Medical Director of Ocean Clinic Marbella, performs a bilateral Otoplasty. A correction of protruding ears in a 21 year old female patient. The operation includes a rotation of the concha (ear bowl). A new folding of the Anthelical fold to correct the shape of the ear. The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic with sedation. This Otoplasty surgery was performed in July 2014 and took place at the Ocean Clinic 's state of the art operating theatre in Marbella.
In this TV Interview Dr Kaye from Ocean Clinic Marbella gives you a basic understanding about the Ear Reshaping Surgery. Dr Kaye from Ocean Clinic Marbella with Elena Paganini from Marbella Cool TV about the procedure, results and the risks of Ear Reshaping Surgery. Ear Reshaping is a surgery performed to correct prominent or malformed ears. At Ocean Clinic Marbella Otoplasty is mostly carried out ambulatory. This tv interview took place at Ocean Clinic Marbella in 2014.
Otoplasty, Ear Correction performed by Dr Kaye Ocean Clinic Marbella. Changes before and after Otoplasty are clearly visible.
Otoplasty Concha Reduction and Antihelixplasty performed by Dr Kaye Ocean Clinic Marbella. Antihelix-plasty for the correction of ear deformity. Concha Reduction, reducing the large bowel of cartilage that forms the centre of the ear.
No, the procedure is painless after the injection< of local anesthesia.
No, normally the results, after the cartilage has set, will be permanent.
You need a bandage for 2 days and to wear a sweat band for 14 days.
The scars are fine lines, hidden in the crease behind your ears.
At Ocean Clinic Marbella 1 – 1.5 hours for both ears.
If your ears stuck out further than your classmates’ as a child, you no doubt suffered some unpleasant name-calling during your school years.