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Protruding ears are a deformity of Pinna, already resulting in the development of the embryo. An excess of tissue in the vicinity of the ear canal with a protruding inner ear or an exceptionally large ears cause the effect of sailing ears. An ears OP can perform at the earliest from the fifth year of life, when the danger of psychological damage caused by the tight rein on other children. The procedure can be performed in children with very distinctive protruding ears before starting school. So less danger that the psychological problems in the history of the school are pronounced.

Ears set to OP

The operation is usually as an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in children. Teens and adults can operate under local anesthesia or sedation. Basically, the ear surgery correcting the mismatch of cartilage stress.

To take voltage on the front of the cartilage, applying the ear at a right angle to the head and fixed the newly sculpted ears with a few seams on the cartilage. The seams can be self-aufloesend or permanent. The cartilage voltage will be weakened with small incisions and cartilage is removed in addition if necessary. In pronounced cases, the tissue of the ear canal with cartilage of the auricle can be sewn however causing a small reduction of the ear canal.

The incision behind the ear is stitched with thread. Ear reduction or a correction of the earlobe can be operated with the ears attach OP in the course.

Ear correction methods

Following combinable basic techniques in plastic surgery

Suture techniqueWith a cut on the back of the ear cartilage is exposed and with a thread of cartilage is newly modelled and shaped.
Seam and cutting techniqueThe cartilage is exposed with a cut on the back of the ear. Through small incisions, the voltage of the cartilage is reduced, so that the cartilage can be better formed and then sutured.
Engraving techniqueThe cartilage is exposed and weakened with small incisions so that the lower voltage at the front now turn back the cartilage at the front of the ear. This technique can do without seams.
FadenmethodeNo cut is required, which uncovered the cartilage. The ear is new models with a sharp needle and permanent threads. So caused no visible scarring and downtime is reduced.
AuritechnikAlready in infancy the ear for at least is fixed 6 months continuously with clamps and tape.

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Big ears and the health insurance

The statutory health insurance funds take over the ear surgery for children. In adolescents and adults it depends heavily of personal situation. Psychological problems manifest themselves the OP may be necessary to prevent further complications.

After ear surgery

After the procedure, a firm head bandage must be worn for about two weeks. The threads are less than 2 weeks away.

Price - cost in euro: 

2500 - 3500


Operation kind

Outpatient surgery. Children with General anesthesia. Teens and adults also under local anesthesia or sedation.

Operation duration

1-1.5 hours

Ability to work

After approx. 2 weeks

After correction

At the earliest after 6 months


Most permanently


  • Infections
  • Severe pain
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Reduction of the external ear
  • Hypersensitivity (contact, cold...)
  • Yarns that cause allergic reactions
  • Fistula formation on the threads
  • Asymmetrical or unsightly results
OP success

assessed after 2-4 weeks

Health insurance

The statutory health insurance funds take over the ear surgery for children. In adolescents and adults it depends heavily of personal situation.


In the context of the ears create OP can also a reduction in ear or earlobe correction to be carried. Plan the surgery accordingly. Ear corrections, which are performed without a weakening of the cartilage and threads are held in place by, can be formed back again easier by external effects such as accidents or extreme sports. The Fadenmethode does not require surgery or incision and will be in the surgery-related summary tables with not taken into account.

Prior to surgery:

10 days before any blood-thinning agents

10 days before no cigarette and alcohol consumption

After the surgery:

  • At night, for 2 to 4 weeks wearing a headband.
  • No sunlight and hot tubs and saunas for 4 weeks
  • No sports for 2 to 4 weeks
  • Abstain from cigarettes and alcohol for 2 weeks

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