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Otoplasty in Alicante

Ear operation

The position and size of the ears are key to the composition of the profile of our face. Otoplasty is a cosmetic operation that corrects imperfections, deformities or injuries that could have a negative impact on a person’s image.

When the ears are set too far back from the head or take on unsightly shapes, many people feel that they have a defect that negatively affects their lives. Correction is, however, possible with this type of cosmetic surgery.

Before the operation, the facial features of each patient are studied and the most balanced arrangement of the ears, head and the rest of the face is determined.

Problems solved by otoplasty

"Protruding ears" or "jug ears".

One of the most common problems is “protruding ears” or “jug ears”. This is a type of ear that protrudes from the side of the head by more than 2 centimetres, causing a noticeable disproportionate effect. In many cases, in addition, the outer edge or helix of the ear is not sufficiently developed, creating a deep shell-shaped fold. This deformity is permanently corrected by cosmetic surgery through otoplasty.

Reduction of the size of the ears

A “normal” ear size is between 5.5 cm and 6.6 cm. When they exceed this length they can be considered large for the size of the head and stand out in an awkward and unsightly way. This type of protruding ears, also known as macrotia, can cause complexes in children and adolescents, which is why this operation is very common at a relatively young age. On the other hand, the operation consists of providing the ear and bringing it close enough to the head so that it finds a symmetrical balance.

Correction of the lobe

Over time, the earlobe loses smoothness, firmness and volume, especially in women who have worn heavy earrings for many years. The procedure takes no more than 30 minutes, is performed under local anaesthesia, and completely reconstructs the area, restoring its fleshy, rounded and harmonious appearance. This operation corrects deformities in the earlobe, restoring a youthful appearance, and is performed on both ears to respect proportion.

Problems of asymmetry

When the ears are not symmetrically aligned on the head or with the other elements of the face, standing out unsightly. The operation consists of levelling one or both ears to balance them proportionately with the facial features.


Due to congenital deformities (mocrotia) or due to trauma, tumours, burns, accidents, etc. The operation reconstructs or repairs the damaged ear with the patient’s own tissue or through implants or prostheses and, depending on the case, local or general anaesthesia will be used (although the former is more common).

Real cases of otoplasty operations

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Relevant facts about the operation

  • Surgical time: 1 hour
  • Anaesthesia: Local and sedation
  • Hospitalisation at the clinic in Alicante: Not required.
  • Recovery: 3 to 4 days
  • Results: Immediate

Once the aesthetic intervention has been carried out, the results are immediate. However, the patient will enjoy the final result a few weeks after the swelling in the ears has gone down.

Dr. Teresa Bernabeu is a specialist in otoplasty surgery. If you would like to make an enquiry because you need more information about cosmetic ear surgery, please contact us. We are in Alicante.


Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery operation that corrects or reconstructs the size or position of the ears. The reasons are basically aesthetic and based on the improvement of personal image in people of both sexes. This cosmetic operation can be performed from the patient’s 5th birthday.

Approximately 2 to 3 hours. More complex cases may take a little longer.
Local anaesthesia and sedation are usually used. More complex cases may require the use of general anaesthesia, especially in people who are nervous or apprehensive about surgery.
The wound takes approximately 2 weeks to heal. This operation usually has no side effects other than slight discomfort in the area for a short period of time.
For the first few weeks after the operation, the area of the operation should be kept dry and intermittently healed. The scar, which is somewhat visible at first, fades over time until it is completely non-existent.
The postoperative period for otoplasty lasts at least 6 weeks. After this time, and over the next 6 months, the swelling decreases by more than 80%. Full recovery from surgery, however, is achieved within a year. Moreover, 2 to 3 weeks after the operation, the discomfort typical of an operation is no longer noticeable.
Otoplasty does not intervene in the ear canal, but in the pinna. In this way, hearing loss or hearing-related problems do not occur during the patient’s postoperative recovery. It is possible, however, that the subject may notice an improvement due to the fact that the configuration was very deformed to begin with, so opening the pinna will significantly improve the quality of hearing.