Ears that noticeably protrude from the head or unusually shaped or asymmetric auricles can be a disturbing issue from childhood and lead to insecurities.

Otoplasty, or ear-correction surgery, may be aimed at changing the position of the ears so that they are positioned closer to the head. It is also possible to change the shape of the auricle and adjust other aesthetic deviations (such as saggy earlobes, the effects of previous trauma, etc.).


Surgeon Dr. Mart Eller
Anesthesia Local / intravenous
Surgery duration 1,5-2 hours
Nights at hospital 0
Sick-leave 1 week
Price Otoplasty (one ear) – from €1590
Otoplasty (two ears) – from €2190
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Course of surgery

The surgical method used to correct ears depends on the problem and is decided by the surgeon during the consultation.

For protruding ears, the incision is usually made on the back of the auricle to make the scar as invisible as possible. Excess skin on the back of the area is removed and the shape of the ear cartilage is changed in the course of the surgery.


Recovery from surgery

A compression bandage is wrapped around the head after corrective surgery on protruding ears, as it helps fix the ears in their new position.

For the first few weeks after otoplasty, you will need to wear a headband or bandage around your head at all times. From then on, you will need to wear a headband for one month primarily at night and when exercising. Avoid possible trauma to the ears. This means no contact sports etc. for a couple of months.

The wound will be closed with sutures, which will absorb in three to four weeks.

Smoking causes wounds to heal considerably slower and extends the recovery period, which is why it is recommended to quit smoking for at least a month before and after the surgery.


Surgical results

The results of ear reshaping are immediately visible, as the position and shape of the ears have noticeably changed.


It takes up to six months to completely heal after the surgery and see the final results.



Is anaesthesia used during corrective surgery on protruding ears?

The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia (and intravenous anaesthesia if requested).


How long is the otoplasty surgery?

The surgery lasts one and a half to two hours and the patient can go home a few hours after surgery.


How long before I can exercise again following successful surgery on protruding ears?

You can carry on with your usual activities and light exercise one to two weeks after surgery. We recommend refraining from more strenuous exercise for one month after surgery and contact sports should be avoided for another two months.


What might the side effects of surgery be?

Side effects may include temporary post-surgery pain, numbness, swelling and redness. You might also develop a haematoma or wound infection. To prevent this risk, it is important to follow proper wound care.


How long before I can sunbathe after surgery?

We recommend protecting yourself from direct sunlight for around six months after surgery because the influence of sun radiation on skin pigment may render the scar darker and more noticeable.