Otoplasty Operation | Dr. Yavuz Ozsular


Local / General
Operation Period
1-1,5 Hours
7 Days
Hospital Stay
Dressing Period
5 Days
4 Weeks


Our ears enable us to hear. For some people, they can abnormally face or curve too forwards and thus look esthetically odd from the front and side.

There are different surgical techniques and methods in otoplasty available to treat prominent ear by eliminating the appearance facing forward and them look normal again.

Techniques Used In Otoplasty

This procedure requires making a small incision behind the auricle of your ear and repositioning the cartilage and other tissues that cause them to turn forwards. There are three major forms of the surgery:

  • Threads
  • The flap method
  • Classic prominent-ear surgery

The end result of all three is that your ears gain a more symmetrical and anatomically natural-looking appearance.

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    The bone and cartilage in your ears fully develop by the time you reach age 5 or 6. At the age of 6, the ear takes its final appearance.  Thus, this surgery can be done on anyone aged six and onwards. Your child will make friends and build up a social network from the time they start school. If they have prominent/cauliflower ears, other kids could mock them or slap a nickname on them. Your child, naturally, could be psychologically affected by the bullying and turn in on themselves. They’ll lose self-confidence and even may not want to go to school.

    After age 50, we’d need to examine your cartilages and decide on the surgery.

    If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should wait until you’ve had your baby and done breastfeeding in order to have this surgery.

    During your examination, first Dr. Ozsular will listen to your expectations and complaints. Next, he’ll examine you and assess your age, the condition of your cartilage, how prominent/forward your ears are, and whether or not you suffer from any other pathological deformities as well. Then, he’ll decide on the proper surgery technique for you, and inform you about the technique, the surgery and post- surgery period.

    Later, he’ll photograph your ears from different angles for medical records, plan your surgery, and use the photos to give you an idea of what your results may look like.

    Last, he’ll decide on which type of anesthesia. For this surgery you have two options: general and local. General anesthesia is ideal for younger patients or if you have any reservations about local anesthesia.

    If you take aspirin or any form of anticoagulant (they could make you bleed more), tell Dr. Ozsular and discontinue using them if he tells you to do so.

    Try and reduce how much salt you consume as well a few days before the surgery. This will reduce your risk of developing edema.

    You should to come to the hospital half an hour before the surgery.  You will be taken to your room to rest. Your final preparations for the surgery will be conducted. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.


    You won’t need to fast. However, don’t wear hair gel, wigs, or jewelry. Before the surgery, local anesthesia is applied to you via injection. The operation area is completely numbed. Thus, you’ll be awake throughout the whole procedure but won’t feel any pain. The surgery generally lasts for 1 and 1.5 hours.

    You are allowed to eat as well as drink water until 00:00 (12 AM) the night before your surgery. Since the surgery will be conducted with general anesthesia, you will need to fast for at least six hours prior to the procedure. (If you forget to do so, your surgery may be postponed or canceled.)

    Don’t put on make-up, nail polish, or nail enamel.

    Don’t wear wigs. Don’t wear any jewelry (including piercings) – your body should be free of metal.

    Also, don’t forget to put together a bag with a pair of comfortable, loose-fitting clothes (around the neck) for you to wear, preferably with buttons.

    On the day of the surgery, you will be taken to your room to rest. Your final preparations for the surgery will be conducted. Dr. Ozsular and his assistant will come and visit you.

    Next, you’ll be taken to the operating room. The doctor will begin working on you as soon as you’re placed under anesthesia.

    At the end of the surgery, the ear area is covered with a dressing and special bandages are applied according to the surgical technique.

    At the end of the surgery, your dressings and local anesthesia are applied, and if you have general anesthesia, you are slowly awakened.

    The effect of anesthesia will last for another 3 to 4 hours, so you won’t feel pain. Afterwards, you may feel mild pain, but it won’t affect your daily life. By using the analgesics prescribed by your doctor, you can have a comfortable post-operative period.

    At the end of the surgery, you can return to home or your hotel on the same day.

    Your dressing will get removed 2 days after the surgery. Until then, don’t allow that area to get wet. If you take a shower, only wash your body from your neck down. The sutures will be dissolvable, and thus won’t need to be removed.

    Three days later, you can take warm (albeit short) showers again, and return to your normal routine with your new ears. You will have swelling and edema for first 3 to 4 days, but this is normal and temporary.

    Four or five days later, you can take slow walks and sunbathe again, if you protect your head and ears. We don’t recommend exercises and heavy sports. You can start doing mild sports and exercises 15 days later.

    You’ll need to wear an ear band/bandana for 4 weeks (first two weeks: day and night; second two weeks: nights only). This is to protect your ears from impact and help them assume their new form. When sleeping, it’ll prevent them folding.

    Beyond that, you’ll have to protect your ears from trauma for the first two months.

    For those same two months, avoid hard or stretching movements. When your ears settle into their new shape, you won’t have to hide them under your hair anymore. Prominent ear surgery is simple, offers permanent results, and boosts your self-confidence.

    It depends on which technique of the surgery you had. Your doctor may or may not require it.

    Some techniques require no incision; others do, behind the auricle. That said, any scarring will be small, and fade over time. As long as an experienced surgeon does the operation, your auricles will look normal. It will not be understood unless you say it.

    Yes,  but it depends on the following:

    • Asymmetrical results
    • Your ears are still more forward than the expected (this can depend on the structure of your cartilage, and the technique used).
    • The bottom part of your ear is pushed backwards whilst its top part has been left too open.

    No; this surgery is conducted on your auricle, which is on your external ear. It is far away from you’re your tympanum and auditory nerves, which are located in your internal ear. Your hearing won’t be affected either positively or negatively.

    Yes, some of our patients who want/need this surgery done also suffer from other congenital deformities such as contraction in the auricle, spock ears, extra cartilage protrusions, too small auricle, or loss of a part or the whole ear as (a result of an accident). We can assess the issue and plan a surgery, or arrange for multiple surgeries.

    Yes, they tend to be passed onto you via one of your parent’s genes. However, they can also be the result of congenital deformities, impacts, traumas, or accidents leading to partial/whole loss of your ear.

    Regarding the combination of surgeries, Dr. Ozsular will examine you and make a decision according to your blood values, age, health status, and the need for the surgery to be performed in the same surgery.

    If he gives you the green light, then yes you may be able have more than one plastic surgery done at the same time.

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