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Definition of Otoplasty or Ear Plastic

Otoplasty is the operation that corrects the detached ears, i.e. the ears that “fly away”.

The abnormality in the anatomy of the ears is due to:

  • in their great size,
  • in the absence of anthelial formation,
  • in orbital hypertrophy, etc.

The disorder may be unilateral or bilateral.

Who is Otoplasty aimed at, and what is the most suitable age for ear plastic surgery?

Otoplasty surgery can be done at all ages, but the most suitable candidates are young children from the age of about 7 years. The ears acquire their final shape at the age of 5-6 years. Correction in childhood is recommended to avoid teasing by their classmates. The prerequisite is the cooperation of the young patient.

Otoplasty – Ear Plastic Procedure
The otoplasty procedure is very simple, whether it is an adult or a small child. The otoplasty operation is performed with local anesthesia, both in children and adults. In the morning, the child or adult enters the clinic. With local anesthesia and through an incision that is well hidden behind the ear, the skin is detached from the underlying cartilage. Then, we fold the cartilage (anthelically), correcting its shape. At the same time, the projection or hypertrophy of the orbit is corrected. Finally, a small part of the skin behind the ear is removed, thus completing the otoplasty operation. The exit from the clinic takes place on the same day of the surgery, while it is recommended to apply an elastic bandage for the first period (7-10 days). The elastic bandage can be replaced with a ribbon for later.

Recovery – Healing time after Otoplasty
Recovery is very fast. Application of the compressive elastic band forces abstinence from work for the first 10 days. Then, it is recommended that the patient wear the elastic band while sleeping, and only for about 15 days. For children, the return to school can be done after 10 days, because in addition there is a fear of injury due to activities. Sutures are removed on the 10th – 15th day.

Additional Information – Frequently Asked Questions about Otoplasty

When only one ear flies, can only that be fixed and the other not bothered?

In the otoplasty operation, both ears are always corrected to ensure absolute symmetry. The incisions – scars are hidden behind the ear, and are not visible. It is recommended that the patient avoid wearing glasses for a period of one month after the otoplasty operation .The possibility of slight hypoesthesia in the ears after the surgery makes them sensitive, and for this reason care must be taken in alternating hot and cold water during the shower to avoid burns.

Otoplasty side effects
Possible side effects are hematoma, inflammation, misshapen scar.

Results of Otoplasty
The results of ear plastic surgery are permanent.


Plastic surgery of detached ears, flying ears, is a very common operation in Plastic Surgery. It concerns young and old, but it is preferable for the Plastic Surgeon to correct ears that ‘fly’ during childhood. It takes 2 months for the swelling to completely subside. It is recommended that the patient not wear glasses for about 1 month. Also, exercise is not allowed for the first month.

Extra otoplasty tip:

The choice of the most suitable surgical technique for the restoration of detached ears is of great importance to avoid their recurrence.