Ear correction and ear pinning procedures treat an exposed feature of the face - the ears. Due to alterations in the development of the ear during pregnancy, weak cartilage, or certain genetic dispositions, the ears may be protruding, mis-shaped or irregular in shape. Depending on your case, an otoplasty can address shape, size, position or all of the above at once
Ear correction surgery has a very low complication rate and a very high satisfaction rate with our patients. The procedures can be performed either as an isolated procedure or in combination with other facial procedures like facelift, browlift, frontal lift, chin augmentation with implants or rhinoplasty.
Pre-operative considerations include a thorough evaluation of your ear shape and positioning and a recommendation for the appropriate technique (or combination of techniques) to achieve long-lasting, natural results.
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Do your ears protrude (stick out)? Are you embarrassed by them?
There are two reasons why ears can protrude (stick out). An excess of cartilage behind the ear that pushes the ear forward, or when the ear is missing the antihelical fold, resulting in a flat appearance.
Otoplasty is a very simple surgery to correct the projection of the ears. An optimal angle is created, 15-20 degrees from the head. The size or shape of the ear lobe can also be remodeled. Otoplasty is minimally invasive and you can go home the same day. The surgery can be safely performed on children from the age of 6. To find out more, please contact one of our surgeons.
Your ear shape, size and cartilage structure are key in choosing the ear correction technique best suited to you. We will discuss with you if either a simple ear pinning procedure (concharotation) or a more complex ear cartilage reshaping (creation of new antihelix fold) is necessary. Furthermore, we will examine and explain if any changes to your earlobe are recommendable to achieve the desired effect.
The ear fully grows and develops during the first 6 years of life, so the earliest time for children to have ear pinning surgery is after the 6 birthday. Most parents (and children) choose to have the operation performed at this time. For adults this procedure can be performed at any time.
The scars are mostly placed within the natural crease on the back of your ear and from this point the cartilage is addressed from the backside of the ear (posterior cartilage scoring/shaping) The scars are normally barely visible after 2-3 months.
This kind of procedure is mostly performed under deep intravenous sedation (twilight sleep) combined with loco-regional anesthesia, or under local anesthesia alone. You will sleep throughout the procedure, but able to move arms and legs (as with regular sleep), which lowers the risk for thrombosis. The procedure is generally pain free and takes between 1-2 hours.
Recovery takes from 7-10 days, with some swelling and bruising during the first 7 days. Stitches may be removed by day 10, and swelling and bruising mostly subside after 17 days. Makeup can be worn after a week. There may be some numbness of the skin of the ear and hardness of the post auricular scar during the first 4-6 weeks before recovery is complete.
At Ocean Clinic, we bring together the world’s leading plastic surgeons, specialists in ear correction surgery, with more than 15 years of combined expertise and experience in plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, expert member of the ISAPS association and founder of Ocean Clinic.
Plastic surgeon in Zurich and Madrid, member of the European Board of Plastic Surgery and adjunct professor at the University of Zurich.
The top plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic specializing in ear correction surgery, located in Marbella, Madrid and Zurich. With more than 15 years of experience and performing more than 1000 surgeries a year. Medical professionals, modern facilities, trust, experience and security. Come and meet us!