The correction of ears (ear correction) or the surgical treatment of torn earlobes is a very commonly performed operation.

At a glance

The most important facts about ear correction (Otopexy)

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Correcting protruding ears.

Ear correction by Dr. Roland Resch

Since prominent ears are perceived as a flaw by both children and adolescents as well as adults, those affected usually suffer greatly from this circumstance. Teasing, reduced self-esteem and self-confidence, complexes and shame are the most common consequences.

The cruel teasing often begins as early as kindergarten age. Therefore, many parents opt for correction, often even before their child starts school. If parents refrain from ear correction for their child in early childhood, it is also possible to correct the ears for adolescents or adults.

Ear correction from the age of 5

Ear correction is possible from the age of 5, as this is when the ears are almost fully grown. After the operation, please allow your child or yourself 7-10 days of rest. Adults can usually return to work after one week. Children should stay away from kindergarten or school for around 10 days. Ideally, for children, school holidays are suitable, and for adults, vacation or Christmas holidays are opportune times for the operation.

When is ear correction an option?

If your child suffers from prominent ears (bat ears) and is at least five years old

You suffer from prominent ears as an adult.

If you have split, overly large earlobes or suffer from pixie earlobes

Abstehende Ohren anlegen lassen bei Kindern und Erwachsenen

Split or overly larbe earlobes

Women in particular are affected by this and it can happen in the hustle and bustle of everyday life: You get stuck with an earring and the earlobe is torn in or through! Years of wearing heavy ear jewelry can also lead to unsightly changes in the earlobe. Dr. Roland Resch can surgically correct earlobes, whether they are split or very large.

Special suturing techniques can be used to reshape the earlobe and restore its natural shape. In order to achieve a cosmetically sophisticated result, the earlobe is closed with very fine, low-reaction sutures, which are removed after around a week. As a result, it is possible to re-pierce an earlobe after about three months. If necessary, the earlobe can also be made slightly smaller.

Guide to ear correction - The path to your new self

It is very important to me to support you in your decision by providing comprehensive information. In addition, a trusting relationship with your doctor is always beneficial.

Our procedure for operations

Arrange a consultation

Simply book an appointment online via "Arrange consultation" or by phone +43 1 417 05 05. We are happy to get in contact with you.

Talk to Dr. Roland Resch

At your first consultation you will be thoroughly informed about the procedure you are planning to go through. We will answer all your questions. You will take home all the documents needed concerning your treatment.

Take your time

Take your time to think it over and read the documents we provide about your planned procedure. A reflection period of about 14 days is recommended for most procedures.

2nd consultation

In a second appointment we go through all aspects of the procedure again, and I will be happy to answer all your questions.


If you decide to have the procedure, we will find a suitable date for you.

Make an appointment

Dr. Roland Resch is available for a personal consultation by appointment!

4 steps of ear correction


Every procedure in our practice is made as comfortable as possible for our adult and pediatric patients. Especially with children, it is very important for us to create a warm and fear-free atmosphere. Each procedure is preceded by a detailed consultation with the parents or you as an adult. This is primarily aimed at clarifying the initial situation and discussing the entire procedure, any risks involved, and the post-operative period.


The procedure of otoplasty is always performed under general anesthesia in children, from adolescence and in adults under local anesthesia; of course, also under general anesthesia upon request. Our experienced anesthesia team will guide you through the operation. The correction of split earlobes is usually performed under local anesthesia.

Method of ear correction

Through an incision behind the ear, the cartilage is reshaped using special incision techniques and stitched to bring the entire ear closer to the patient's head. The stitches are entirely behind the ear and scars are not visible from the outside.

Aftercare & recovery

Children: Your child will be taken to our recovery room immediately after the operation and you can be with your child again from that time. Shortly after the procedure your child will wake up from anesthesia and about an hour later you can return home. Adults: Immediately after the outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and a short recovery period, you can go home. After the operation it is necessary to wear a headband for a certain period, especially at night, to optimize the success of the operation. If necessary, a head bandage will be applied for several days, especially for children. If there is a tendency for impaired wound healing, we will also advise you on suitable scar care.

Ear correction - What you should know!

How do I prepare for ear corerction (Otopexy)?

Before ear correction surgery, we will discuss the following points together in order to positively influence the result in advance and minimize risks:

  • Your general health condition or that of your child
  • Any existing illnesses
  • Avoiding aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs that affect blood clotting
  • The procedure for high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Acute or chronic illnesses that may potentially contraindicate surgery
  • Your preparation for the time after the procedure
  • The importance of avoiding alcohol and nicotine before surgery
  • Adequate fluid intake before and after the procedure
  • Please wash your hair before the procedure.

What are the risks of ear surgery (Otopexy)?

Patient safety is my top priority!

Otoplasty is a very frequently performed operation with a usually low risk. As with any procedure, however, there are residual risks, which can be significantly minimized by adhering to high safety standards. It is also important to know that asymmetries cannot be completely corrected. A certain degree of asymmetry is present in almost every person and is not considered pathological. Not all congenital ear deformities can be completely balanced and corrected.

Rarely occurring risks:

  • Hematoma – usually disappears by itself; in very rare cases it has to be removed.
  • Pain – this can be treated very simply by taking pain medication.
  • Minimal postoperative bleeding

Very rare risks:

  • Infection – in the vast majority of cases this can be treated very simply with an antibiotic. Very rare are severe cartilage infections that require inpatient treatment and may lead to cosmetic impairments.
  • Wound healing disorder – some people have a tendency towards impaired wound healing, whereby the risk is significantly higher in smokers or diabetics.
  • Hypersensitivity to touch, pressure or cold.

When are sports, sauna, sun and tanning bed possible again after an otoplasty?

Please refrain from intensive sport and sunbathing as well as sauna and solarium for three months.

How much does it cost to have ears corrected or to correct split earlobes?

Otoplasty: The price of an ear surgery includes all costs and is € 2,490 for both ears

Split earlobe: The price of a correction of split earlobe is € 1.290,-

Prices valid from 01.01.2024