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Ear correction

Ear correction surgery - Marbella Madrid

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.

Technical term: Otoplasty

  • Duration of surgery
    1-2 hours
  • Anaesthesia
    Sedation and local / local
  • Discharge from clinic
    Same day / 1 night
  • Fit for society
    7 days
  • Back to work
    3–7 days
  • Aftercare and recovery
    Bandage for 24 hrs, elastic hairband worn for 4 weeks

Ear correction

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Ear correction surgery - What You Need to Know Beforehand

Ear correction surgery - Marbella Madrid, what you need to know. Ocean Clinic
Which type of otoplasty is right for me?
What is the best age for ear pinning?
Where are the ear surgery scars placed?
How is the ear correction surgery performed?
How long is the recovery of otoplasty?

Patient testimony

I should have done it earlier. I used to be ashamed of my ears. I was always trying to hide them. Today, I feel self-confident.


Before and after photos

Ear correction surgery

Antihelix-plasty for the correction of ear deformity. Concha reduction, reducing the large bowel of cartilage that forms the center of the ear.

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Ear correction surgery photo before and after

Surgical training video

Otoplasty at Ocean Clinic Marbella

In this instructive video the plastic surgeons from Ocean Clinic perform 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 antihelical fold to correct the shape of the ear. The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic with sedation. ⇒ find more videos

Ear Correction Surgery

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.

Ear correction surgery - Marbella Madrid
What You Need to Know Beforehand

Which type of otoplasty is right for me?

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.

What is the best age for ear pinning?

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.

Where are the ear surgery scars placed?

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.

How is the ear correction surgery performed?

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.

How long is the recovery of otoplasty?

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.

Ear correction surgery - Marbella Madrid
After Surgery and Beyond

Otoplasty aftercare and recovery

The Ocean Clinic concept is to avoid unnecessary pain or discomfort. Most of our ear correction procedures are performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This allows for a completely pain–free procedure with our patients being sedated for comfort purposes only. Postoperative pain in ear pinning / ear correction surgery is not common, most of our patients only have slight pain and/or tenderness to touch for 24-48hrs, this is treated with oral pain medication.

Most patients can go home on the same day and come for a check-up the day after; stitches are removed after 10 days. An elastic headband needs to be worn for 2 weeks (day & night), then a further 2 weeks during the night only.

During the first 4 weeks, postoperative patients will be referred to our unique physiotherapeutic aftercare for a quicker recovery and reduced swelling.

Do not lift any objects over 5kg and avoid sports involving weights during 14 days.

Otoplasty relevant risks

Ear correction surgery has very few complications if carried out by an experienced surgeon in an accredited facility. Rare complications include postoperative bleeding requiring revision, asymmetries of the ear due to release of internal sutures (relapse), unsatisfactory scar healing requiring scar correction at a later date, and prolonged recovery due to swelling and/or hematoma.

Changes in sensitivity of the skin are expected during the early postoperative period and disappear with time.

How long does a ear correction /pinning last?

Once a stable result is achieved after 3 months, the results are, in most cases, for life

Otoplasty alternatives

There are non-surgical methods like ‘Ear-Fold’ on the market which treats ear cartilage deformity by ‘clipping’ through the skin. This kind of treatment has not proven long-term results as yet, but promises quicker recovery than surgical otoplasty. It is not suitable for all patients, our surgeons will advise if your anatomy would be suitable for this alternative or not.

Ocean Clinics experience in otoplasty

Our surgeons have performed over 400 otoplasty procedures within the last 10 years. Our clinic has a vast experience in cosmetic pediatric and adult ear correction techniques as well in ear reconstruction (after accidents or tumor resection).

In Safe Hands!

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.

Dr Kai O Kaye | Ocean Clinic
Dr Kai O Kaye

Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, expert member of the ISAPS association and founder of Ocean Clinic.

Dr Richard M Fakin | Ocean Clinic
Dr Richard M Fakin

Plastic surgeon in Zurich and Madrid, member of the European Board of Plastic Surgery and adjunct professor at the University of Zurich.

Ocean Clinic Group

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!

Best plastic and cosmetic surgery clinic. Ocean Clinic Marbella Madrid
Av. Ramón y Cajal, 7
29601 Marbella
Tel. 951 77 55 18
C/ Velázquez nº 109, 1º Izq
28006 Madrid
Tel. 910 56 79 33
Limmatquai 2
8001 Zurich
Tel. (+41) 44 250 95 88