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What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning or cosmetic ear surgery, is a surgical procedure performed to correct protruding ears, which can have a negative psychological impact, especially on school-aged children. The prominent ear problem, also called sail ear, is the most common type of deformity in the ear and is usually caused by the looseness of the cartilage in the ear area or the
insufficiency of the ear folds. Depending on the underlying cause of the issue, the ear cartilage can be reshaped, and the posterior ear opening can be narrowed. Since the surgery is performed through an incision made behind the ear, there will be no visible scar after the healing process.

With the right timing and appropriate treatment methods, it is possible to treat protruding ears effectively. Since having prominent ears can have a negative effect on the patient, it is recommended to be treated at an early age. Depending on the surgeon’s recommendation and the patient’s age, the surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia.

What is the Recovery Process after Otoplasty?

  • Patients who did not receive general anesthesia in ear pinning surgery are discharged on the same day.
  • After 2 days from the surgery, the patient can take a shower.
  • Patients can easily return to their routine social activities approximately 1 week after the surgery.
  • It is recommended to use a special medical bandage for about 3 weeks after the surgery.


What is the ideal age for an otoplasty?

Since having prominent ears has a negative effect on people, it is recommended to be treated at an early age. Otoplasty can be performed on individuals as young as 5-6 years old. However, there is no upper age limit for otoplasty, and adults can also benefit from the procedure. It’s best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Emre to assess your specific case and determine if you or your child is a suitable candidate for otoplasty

Is otoplasty a painful procedure?

During otoplasty, local or general anesthesia is administered to ensure a comfortable experience. While some discomfort or soreness may be experienced during the initial recovery period, this can be managed with the prescribed pain medication. Most patients find the post-operative pain to be mild and well-tolerated.

Are the results of otoplasty permanent?

Yes, the results of otoplasty are generally permanent. Once the ears have been reshaped and positioned in their new form, they typically maintain their new appearance over time. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the natural aging process may continue to affect the appearance of the ears as you age. It’s recommended to maintain good ear care habits and protect the ears from trauma to preserve the long-term results.

Are the results of otoplasty permanent?

In some cases, insurance may cover otoplasty if it is deemed medically necessary. This typically applies to patients who have functional issues with their ears or suffer from congenital abnormalities. However, insurance coverage varies, and it’s best to check with your insurance provider to determine if otoplasty is covered under your policy. If the procedure is performed for purely cosmetic reasons, it is unlikely to be covered by insurance.

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