Otoplasty is the surgery aiming at correcting protruding ears. It can be performed on one or on both sides.

The surgery can be performed on those older than 7 years of age, as soon as the chld expresses his desire to do so. Otoplasty on children is covered by health insurance.
It is considered as a purely aesthetic procedure on adults and it is not covered by insurance.

Before the procedure

Please allow yourself a professional unavailability period of 2 to 8 days after surgery.

The procedure

It lasts from 1 to 2 hours and is performed under local or general anesthesia.

The scars are situated on the back side of the ear, where glasses go. They are completely hidden.

Different steps may be carried out depending on the structure of the ear:

  • an outward fold, after reshaping the cartilage with the Stengström techniques in case of defective antihelix folding(the tops of the ears are prominent)
  • a suture with burial of the bowl of the ear, in cases of valgus deformity (protruding ear)
  • a resection of the concha, in cases of concha hypertrophy (overly large ears)

These techniques can be combined in order to obtain an optimal result.

After the procedure

A “helmet garment” maintains the ears in the right position during the 24 hours following surgery.

A shampoo will be done as soon as this garment is removed.

Stitches are dissolvable and no bandage will be required. However, it is essential to wear a band on the ear every night for 2 months in order to avoid traumas.

The treated ears will look inflated and reddish due to edema. It will disappear within 2 months following surgery. The sensitivity of the ears may be reduced or disappear after the surgery and will come back to normal after a few months. It is normal to feel an impression of rigidity in the ears.
Glasses can be worn again after a few days. The final result will be appear somewhere between 2 to 4 months after surgery.

For more information you can also consult the fact sheet published by the French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic (SOFCPRE).

Before / After PhotosPhoto avant /après chirurgie des oreilles chez l'enfantPhoto avant /après chirurgie des oreilles chez l'enfant
Otoplastie pour oreilles décollées chez un enfant de 8 ans.

Les photos montrent, avec son consentement, les clichés de la même personne avant et après traitement. Aucune retouche n’a été effectuée. Il est important de souligner que le résultat attendu est propre à chaque personne.