Ear Esthetic (Otoplasty)


Ear Esthetic (Otoplasty)

The most common deformity in the ear is called "scoop ear" or "sail ear" among the people. Due to the weakness of the ear cartilages, the ear folds are not formed sufficiently, and the condition where the auricle is curved forward and laterally than normal is called "scoop ear". The main reason is that the ears are too far from the posterior ear bone at an angle. This is usually a familial deformity. 

Ear aesthetic or saying it medically, “Otoplasty” is a cosmetic surgical procedure. People may have otoplasty if they have aesthetic concerns about their ears from a birth defect like a prominent ear or an accident. Otoplasty can be carried out at any age, but usually after five years old.

Ear aesthetic is a procedure in which the shape, size, and position of the ears are changed by the surgeon. People may consider having an otoplasty from how far your ears stick from your head. There are other reasons to have this surgery such as misshapen ears.

In this essay, you will first read about the types of ear aesthetic techniques and an overview of the procedure of ear aesthetics. In the following parts, you will also be informed about the navigating healing after ear aesthetic and the effects of positive mental health of ear aesthetic.

Types of Ear Aesthetic Techniques

With the help of modern technology in the medical sector, almost all types of ear anomalies are corrected, and all kinds of ear reshaping are carried out by surgeons. The main objective of modern otoplasty is to reduce the complications to a minimum level.

There are different types of ear aesthetics in each of the techniques used varies. 

  • Ear augmentation: This procedure is for people with small ears that have not completely developed. In this case, if they want to have normal size ears, they may consider ear augmentation a type of ear aesthetic, or otoplasty.
  • Ear pinning: In this ear aesthetic technique, the ears are brought closer to the head. This type of otoplasty can be a solution for people whose ears stick out prominently.
  • Ear reduction: This procedure is for a condition called “mactoria” in which the person’s ears are bigger than normal. People with that condition may consider having an ear reduction.

Step-by-Step Overview of the Procedure’s Ear Aesthetic

The procedure of ear aesthetics is divided into two main categories. Surgical otoplasty and nonsurgical otoplasty.

  • Surgical Otoplasty (Traditional Otoplasty): Surgical otoplasty is done under general anesthesia and the operation last a couple of hours. In surgery or in other saying traditional otoplasty, a plastic surgeon makes a small incision at the back of the ear. By doing that, the surgeon exposes the cartilage. Excess skin and cartilage is removed. A bandage is used to protect the ears and the patient must wear that bandage for the following days after the operation is completed.
  • Non-surgical Otoplasty: In the non-surgical otoplasty procedure, no incision was used. In nonsurgical otoplasty, only sutures are used to pin the ears back. By doing that, a symmetrical appearance of the ears is achieved. This procedure makes patient recovery period shorter and they can be back to school or to work easier. Navigating Healing After Ear Aesthetic

Navigating Healing After Ear Aesthetic

Healing or recovery of cosmetic ear surgery is often considered less intensive compared to other surgical procedures. But, as it is similar to any after-care period of surgery, there are still things to do and not to do for a patient.

Some of the dos and don ts after ear aesthetic surgical procedure are:

  • You should always wear your headband which will keep your ears during recovery
  • Keep your head elevated while resting or sleeping
  • Do not scratch incision parts at all
  • Follow the diet your surgeon gave you, nourishment is important after having a surgery
  • Avoid direct sunlight for a couple of months after the surgery
  • Do not smoke, it causes pure and slow healing
  • Stay calm, if you see discharge coming from your ear, it is usual in the first week of the recovery period.

Effects of Positive Mental Health of Ear Aesthetic

Being healthy is a universal right for humans and the other species we live together in social life. In addition, health should be considered as a total concept. We can not say for instance, “I am ok physically but not good psychology” 

We are at Ekol Hospitals believe that the point of view to health should be from that angle. As a result of that point of view, we also believe that aesthetic surgical procedures are very important for a person who suffered from a birth defect or injury trauma in the ears. This is not only a matter of aesthetics and desires to look good but also important in terms of the mental health and social development of a person.

As Ekol Hospitals, based in Izmir, Turkey, we will be more than happy to serve you with our high-quality aesthetic clinic, and otoplasty clinic with the psychologic support at the best. Please contact the patient help services for the treatments of ear lop repair, earlobe rejuvenation, auricular reconstruction, and cauliflower ear and more information about our medical center.


Opr. Dr. Cenk Melikoğlu Operating Doctor Cenk Melikoğlu was born in Görele, in 1978. In 2002, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine. Between the years of 2003 and 2010, he did his specialization in İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Clinic. In 2015, he worked as a guest lecturer in the American Hospital of Paris. When abroad, he especially focused on the transfer of free vascular lymph nodes for lymphedema treatment, in the field of microsurgery. He participated in numerous training and meetings in this area. There are more than 30 articles in the literature, which were published in national and international journals. Since 2016, he has been working in İzmir Özel Ekol ENT Hospital in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Cosmology Clinic. He speaks English well. He is married and has one child. His special interests are; Breast Aesthetics & Dual-Plan Method, Aesthetic nose surgery, Lymphedema surgery, Endoscopic facial stretching, Aesthetic body shaping surgery (abdominal stretching, liposuction, aesthetic breast surgery), Hair transplantation with FUE method, Migraine surgery, Gynecomastia correction, Genital aesthetics (especially penis enlargement), Lymphedema Treatment (Laser Assisted, With Microcannula Lymph Protective Method), Penis Enlargement (Length & Thickness Combined Method), Migraine Surgery (Closed Method with Scopy). He was entitled to receive the "Proficiency Certificate" by being successful in the examination, which was held by the Turkish Plastic Surgery Association in 2010. In 2015, he participated in a scientific competition by Gülhane Military Medical Academy with his study 'Saddle-nose deformity repair with micro-plate-adapted costal cartilage.’ He has won the first place in the field of surgical medicine. In 2018, he worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA for three months in April, May and June on advanced techniques on gender reassignment and penis enlargement in men. He is still continuing his academic and scientific studies.
Opr. Dr. Arif Aydın He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine in 2008. He studied at Kaunas Medical Faculty between the years 2007 and 2008. He completed his specialization on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department at Afyon Kocatepe University between the years 2009 and 2014. He has 5 original articles published in national and international scientific journals, and 13 verbal and written academic papers presented in national congresses. He continues the academic studies. He received the competence certificate of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery after his success in the exam in 2016. He did well in European Plastic Surgery Competence Written Exam that took place in Brussels in 2019. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 
Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine in 1995. Between 2001 and 2007, he received his specialty training in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, İnönü University. He has 20 original articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals, and 18 written and oral presentations presented in national and international congresses. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Aegean Region Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Association. Married and father of one child, Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan has a good command of English. Areas of interest: Rhinoplasty Eyelid aesthetic Facial rejuvenation (face-neck lift) prominent ear Breast aesthetics (enlargement, reduction, lift) Correction of gynecomastia Tummy tuck Arm - Thigh stretch genital aesthetics Liposuction (fat removal) Fat injections Body shaping (Hip aesthetic, BBL) Minimal aesthetic applications (filler-rope hanger- neurotoxin) Fractional laser applications Skin Tumors Facial Traumas Penis Enlargement Lengthening and Thickening (Combined Method) Gender Reassignment Surgeries
Opr. Dr. Süleyman Çakmak He was born in 1990 in Isparta. He studied at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine between 2008-2015. Between 2016 and 2022, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He worked at Izmir Bozyaka EAH, Düzce Atatürk DH and Isparta City Hospital. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Plastic Surgery Association. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ekol Hospitals experienced esthetic surgeons and E.N.T surgeons perform otoplasty operations since many years. Ekol Hospitals was first founded as an E.N.T hospital and is highly experienced in this field. The operation itself requires great experience and should be performed under correct hands only. You can completely trust EKOL Hospitals’ Surgeons by this operation.
Healthy individuals looking to improve the appearance of large, prominent or misshapen ears may be good candidates for otoplasty. The procedure can be performed as early as age four, which can help to lessen the psychological and emotional discomfort that children may otherwise endure. Otoplasty is also performed on adults.
Otoplasty can be performed once the ears are fully grown, which typically occurs around the age of four. There are many benefits to performing the surgery at an early age as it can lessen the emotional and psychological discomfort a child may otherwise have to endure.
There are different techniques for otoplasty depending on the particular problem. Incisions are typically located in the back of the ear. The cartilage may be sculpted and the ear bent back toward the head, sometimes with the use of non-removable stitches to hold the new shape. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove a piece of cartilage in order to create a more natural-looking fold.
Though the incisions made for otoplasty do result in scars, they are hidden as they are usually located behind the ears.
Patients can usually return to work or school within five to seven days.
Strenuous activities and contact sports may need to be postponed for about one to two months.
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