Ear Reshaping Surgery in Dubai

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Sometimes, individuals have ears that are unusually shaped or visibly protruding from the sides of the head, which can lead to low self-esteem. However, otoplasty in Dubai offers a solution, reshaping these ears to achieve symmetry, enhance looks, and boost confidence.

What Is Ear Reshaping Surgery?

Ear reshaping surgery or Otoplasty in Dubai is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the appearance of the ear by changing its shape, position, or size.

Individuals may opt for otoplasty if their ears are misshapen due to a birth defect or injury, or if they are bothered by the appearance of ears that stick out too prominently from the sides of their head.

What is the Aim of Otoplasty?

Otoplasty aims at addressing the following issues:

Ears that are large in proportion to the head (macrotia)

Prominent ears that stick out too far from the head

Dissatisfaction with the results of previous ear surger

Before and After

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Ear Surgery?

An ideal candidate for otoplasty is someone who:

  • Can remain calm and cooperative during the treatment.
  • Has cartilage stable enough for correction.
  • Can quit or, at least, cut down on smoking.
  • Is in overall good health with realistic expectations from the procedure.

What are the Types of Otoplasty?

Primarily, there are types of otoplasty, as discussed below:

Ear Augmentation

This procedure is performed on small or underdeveloped ears. Its primary goal is generally to increase the size of the ear.

Ear Pinning

This otoplasty technique is done on people whose ears prominently stick out from the sides of their heads. It involves bringing the ears closer to the head.

Ear Reduction

This is performed to reduce the size of ears when they are larger than normal.

Pre-op Instructions

Initial consultation:

During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your ear area and consider your expectations. Furthermore, the procedure date will be decided unanimously. You will also receive some pre-operative care instructions, which generally include:

  • Avoiding smoking for two weeks before and after the procedure.
  • Avoiding certain medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamin E, for two weeks before the procedure.
  • Before the surgery, purchase a soft headband and Vaseline ointment.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking from midnight before the surgery day.
  • Arranging for someone to take you home and care for you during the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing on the day of the surgery and avoiding jewelry, eyeglasses, contact lenses, or makeup.
  • The doctor will prescribe post-op medications (painkillers and antibiotics) for you on the day of the surgery.

Otoplasty Surgery Procedure

Ear reshaping surgery is an outpatient procedure that can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on its complexity. Anesthesia is administered according to the patient’s needs; generally, children receive general anesthesia, while adults receive local anesthesia with a sedative.

Generally, otoplasty involves the following steps:

  • Creating an incision inside the folds of the ear or on the back of the ear
  • Manipulating the ear tissue, which can involve removing skin or cartilage, folding and shaping cartilage, or grafting cartilage to the ear
  • Closing the incisions with sutures
  • After the procedure, a dressing is placed over the ears, which should be kept clean and dry.

Post-op Instructions

After your ear reshaping surgery, your plastic surgeon will give you some post-operative instructions, which you must follow to ensure favourable results of the procedure. The post-surgery care includes:

  • Keep your head elevated to minimize swelling. Use an extra pillow or a recliner.
  • The head dressing will be replaced a day after the surgery and removed five days after the procedure.
  • Apply only prescribed ointment on the incision sites.
  • After the dressing is removed, you may gently resume shampooing your hair, but be careful and avoid bending the ears.
  • You can wear glasses but they should not rest on the incisions.
  • You may resume school or work a week after surgery, wearing a headband at all times.
  • Swimming can be resumed 4-6 weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, or sun lamps for about 4-6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Take only prescribed medication.

Risks And Complications of Otoplasty

Like any surgery, ear reshaping surgery comess with risks such as infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, these risks are minimized when a board-certified, skilled plastic surgeon performs the procedure. Other potential risks include:

  • Temporary changes in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry in ear placement
  • Allergic reactions to materials used during or after the surgery
  • Unnatural contours of the ears due to overcorrection
  • Problems with stitches that may lead to inflammation

When Will You See Results After Otoplasty?

Each person has a different healing rate depending on the extent of the procedure and general health, but most people heal after a few weeks. The final results of ear reshaping surgery should be visible within two to three months after the procedure.

What is the Cost of Otoplasty Surgery?

The starting price of otoplasty in Dubai is AED 15,000. However, the exact price can vary depending on the following factors:

  • The expertise of the plastic surgeon
  • The geographical location of the clinic and its reputation
  • The otoplasty technique used

Can Otoplasty Surgery Reduce Ear Size?

Yes, otoplasty surgery can reshape, pin back, or reduce the size of the ears to make them more proportional to your face and overall symmetrical.

Do Ears Go Back After Otoplasty Surgery?

The loosening of stitches can let the cartilage shift back a little toward the previous position. This shift is, however, too insignificant to cause a significant change in appearance. The treated ears rarely get back to their pre-surgery state. 

What is the Best Age to Undergo Otoplasty Surgery?

The best time to undergo otoplasty is when the cartilage of the patient’s ear has stabilised, usually after the age of five.

Does Ear Reshaping Surgery Hurt?

During the surgery, anesthesia is administered to make the patient comfortable. However, you may experience some discomfort immediately after the procedure.

How Long is Otoplasty Recovery?

It takes about six weeks to recover from otoplasty, with the final results showing in about 2-3 months.

Can You Get Surgery to Change Your Ear Shape?

Yes, you can get otoplasty, or ear reshaping surgery, to change your ear shape, enhance its appearance, and improve its size. However, before the procedure, you should have a thorough consultation with a qualified ENT specialist and plastic surgeon. 

Get Consultation

Do you feel the need to adjust your ears? At Euromed Clinic Dubai, we have a team of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in ear reshaping surgery. For more information, call us at +971 4 394 5422. You can also book a consultation by filling out and submitting the provided form.


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