Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is an aesthetic procedure performed to enhance the appearance of the ears.
It helps to reposition, reshape, or resize the ears. Ear abnormalities such as deformity, protrusion, unevenness or simply big size,
whether it is congenital or caused by injuries, can be corrected with ear surgery. It is generally done to reduce the size of large ears,
and also the ears that stick out too far from the head by pinning them back closer to the head.
Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure, mostly done on children between the ages of 4-14.*1 A child’s ear cartilage and ears are almost fully grown and stable enough at the age of 4-6 and the earlier the surgery, the better for children because it means less mockery. It can also be done on older patients with generally no additional risks.
Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.
You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.
We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.
Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.
The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.
After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.
We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.
We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.
During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.
It is not hard to be eligible for an otoplasty procedure. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!
You may be a good candidate:
Children are able to have otoplasty when the ears are almost fully grown, and the ear cartilage has completed its development and is stable enough for correction.Learn More
The outcomes of otoplasty can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.
Ear surgery can address all kinds of aesthetical concerns about your ears. It corrects the undesirable appearance of your ears. It reduces the size of the ears, reshapes them, and repositions them to an optimal position. If you have protruding ears, they are pinned back closer to the head. Through otoplasty, you will have more proper and proportional ears.
The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. For most people, disproportionate appearance of the ears, such as large or bat ears, or defects because of traumas can be a serious concern. If you are not happy with the appearance of your ears, you can experience serious psychological distress, which can negatively affect your self-confidence as well as your social life. After the procedure, you will have a more positive self-image.
At the end of the surgery, bandages will be wrapped around your ears and, within a few days, they will be replaced with a lighter elastic headband which allows avoiding rolling over your ears. It is important to keep this headband in place unless instructed to do otherwise by your surgeon. Stitches or sutures are generally dissolvable, if not, they will be removed in about a week. You should avoid washing your hair with shampoo for at least one week after the operation. There may be throbbing or aching in your ears for a few days, but they can be eased with the help of painkillers. While resting, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated to reduce discomfort. Most adults are able to go back to work about 5 to 7 days after the surgery, and the children are able to go back to school after 7 days or so.
Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities about 5 to 7 days after surgery. You may need to take one week off work or school. Your elastic headband should be worn for 4 weeks. You can experience some swelling and bruising, but they will subside in about 3 to 4 weeks. Any activity that might bend the ears should be avoided for at least a month or so. Strenuous activity should be limited for the first couple of months. After a few months, the recovery will be completed. During the whole recovery period, your surgeon and Clineca will inform and guide you.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“Thanks to otoplasty, we are able to address all kinds of cosmetic and aesthetical concerns about the ears. You don’t need to feel bad because of the appearance of your ears!”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:
“Ear surgery is not exclusive to congenital problems. It can effectively correct injured ears, too.”
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2. Schneider, A. L., & Sidle, D. M. (2018). Cosmetic Otoplasty. Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, 26(1), 19–29. https://doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.fsc.2017.09.004
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