Protruding ears (Otopexy) in Vienna
Ear pinning (ear correction) or the surgical repair of torn earlobes is a very frequently performed operation.
At a glance
The most important facts about ear correction (Otopexy)
Correction of protruding ears
Ear correction by Dr. Roland Resch
Since protruding ears are perceived as a flaw by both children and adolescents as well as adults, both by the individuals themselves and by their surroundings, those affected usually suffer greatly from this circumstance. Teasing, reduced self-esteem and self-confidence, complexes and shame are the most common consequences of this quirk of nature.
As the cruel teasing often begins in kindergarten age, many parents opt for correction even before the child enters 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 and protection. Adults can usually return to work after one week. Children should stay away from kindergarten or school for around 10 days and then the kindergarten or school should be asked to take it easy for about a week. Ideally, for children, school holidays are suitable, and for adults, vacation or Christmas holidays are opportune times for the operation.
When is an ear correction an option?
Torn or very extended 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 torn or very extensive.
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.
Ear correction - What you should know!
How do I prepare for an ear correction (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, as it should not be washed for about 1 week after the operation to avoid disrupting the healing process.
What are the risks of ear correction surgery (Otopexy)?
Patient safety is my top priority!
Otoplasty is a very frequently performed operation with a comparatively low risk. As with any procedure, however, there is always a residual risk, which can be significantly minimized by adhering to high safety standards and careful preparation on your part.
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 torn earlobes?
Ear pinning surgery: The price of an ear pinning surgery includes all costs and amounts to € 2,490 for both ears
Torn earlobe: The price of a correction of torn earlobe includes all costs: € 1.290,-
Prices valid from 01.01.2024
Guide to ear correction - The path to your new self
Our procedure for operations
It is very important to me to support you in your decision by providing you with comprehensive information. In addition, a trusting relationship with your doctor is necessary.
Simply make an appointment via "Book consultation" or by phone on +43 1 417 05 05. We are happy to be there for you personally.
Talk to Dr. Roland Resch
A first consultation where you will be thoroughly informed by me about the procedure you are planning, and where you can ask any questions. After that, we will provide you with all the documents to take home.
Take your time to consider. Additionally, the legislator prescribes a contemplation period of 14 days.
In a second meeting, we will once again explain all aspects of the procedure, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you decide to proceed with the procedure, we will find a suitable date for the operation that works for you.
4 steps of ear correction
Every procedure in our practice is made as comfortable as possible for our young and adult patients alike. Especially with children, it is important for us to create a warm and anxiety-free atmosphere. Each procedure is preceded by a detailed consultation with the parents or with you as an adult. This is not only legally required but also serves to clarify the initial situation and discuss the entire procedure, potential risks, and the postoperative period.
The ear correction procedure is always performed under anesthesia for children, from the age of 11 onwards, and for adults under local anesthesia; if desired, of course, also under general anesthesia. In this case, our experienced anesthesia team is available for a discussion in advance. One of our anesthesiologists is also specialized in pediatric anesthesia. The correction of torn earlobes is performed under local anesthesia.
Outpatient ear correction surgery
Through an access point behind the ear, the cartilage is newly folded using special incision techniques and shaped with stitches, bringing the entire ear closer to the patient's head. The stitches are entirely behind the ear, making scars not visible from the outside.
For children: Your child immediately goes to our recovery room after the operation, and you can be with your child from this point forward. Shortly after the procedure, your child will wake up from anesthesia, and approximately an hour later, you can return home with your child. A headband may be applied for a few days. For adults: Immediately after the outpatient procedure under local anesthesia, you can go home. After the operation, a headband needs to be worn for a certain period, especially at night, to optimize the success of the operation. If necessary, a headband may be applied for a few days, especially for children. If there is a tendency for impaired wound healing, we will also advise you on suitable scar care.