Cosmetic ear surgery - otoplasty

Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that permanently corrects protruding or deformed ears. Ideally, after the procedure, ears are nicely shaped and properly positioned close to head. Among the most common ear deformities are protruding ears that can be corrected successfully. As protruding ears may interfere with a child's psychosocial development, it is advisable to have this surgery at a preschool age. Otoplasty is also successfully performed at grownups, who want to get rid of the protruding ears.

Otoplasty - before and after surgery

Ear correction and ear reconstruction

Ear deformities are innate, which can manifest in an irregular form or position of the ear auricles. Protruding ear is the most common ear deformity, which can be visible on one or both ears.

Although ear correction is considered a minor surgery, this is an aesthetic procedure that requires cosmetic surgeon with top education, many years of experience and sense for beauty.

In cases of severe auricle deformities, we perform more complex reconstructive procedures with the aim of making the ear auricle looking as natural as possible.

Otoplasty at preschool age

Parents often wonder about the most appropriate age for a child to have otoplasty. Most surgeons agree that otoplasty should be performed at an early age, right before school, as it enables the child to have a normal psychosocial development.

The advantages of otoplasty performed at preschool age:

  • by the age of six, ear deformity is already completely developed and the ear auricle is big enough for the procedure
  • children arrive into new environment without noticeable anomalies – avoiding the basis for the development of a psychological complex

We perform otoplasty under general anaesthesia for all children younger than 12, while for adults and children older than 12, we use local anaesthesia.

Otoplasty in our clinic

Cosmetic ear surgery is a minor surgical procedure, which is easy and painless for the patient. During preoperative preparation, we thoroughly analyse the ears and plan the surgery with the patient.

We perform otoplasty in local anaesthesia, while at children under 12; the procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. The operation lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

The patient stays in the clinic for a few hours: preoperative preparation lasts about an hour while the procedure itself lasts about an hour, up to an hour and a half. After the surgery, the patient is discharged and sent to home care.

Surgical methods without visible scars and our 30 years of experience

For over 30 years, we have been successfully performing corrections of different ear deformities and reconstructive ear surgeries. We place surgical incision behind the ear. During the surgery, we tailor the skin and the cartilage to create a new form of the ear. As the incision is made on the back side of the ear, the sutures and the scar are not visible. After the surgery, the ears look more elegant and are fixed in the desired position.

Recovery after otoplasty and getting back to work

Postoperative recovery after otoplasty is individual, usually lasting around 7 days. The stitches are removed 7 days after the surgery, and our patients can resume their personal and professional activities 10 days after the operation.

Useful instructions for our patients


The price of otoplasty procedure is defined during preoperative examination and consultation with our aesthetic surgeons. Otoplasty cost is defined according to the indication and the extent of the procedure. Please note, the price of otoplasty in our clinic includes the anaesthesia and all postoperative check-ups and stitches removal. The price of a standard otoplasty procedure is lower than the price of the reconstructive ear surgery.

Various factors can influence the price of the otoplasty:

  • Patient’s age: grownup or child
  • Type of anaesthesia: local or general
  • Corrective surgery of one or both ears
  • Type of otoplasty – standard otoplasty for correction of protruding ears or more complex reconstructive procedure
  • Choice of surgical method

To determine whether you are a good otoplasty candidate, we need to see you in the clinic for consultation. After listening to your wishes and individually assessing your case, we give you our expert opinion and the possible solutions that cosmetic surgery can offer. During the examination we also decide on the best surgical method that we can use to achieve the goal in your individual case. If you live far from Zagreb or Croatia, you can send us the photos of your face and a brief description of the problem and what you would like to achieve with the surgery. We will review your case carefully and reply in a timely manner to inform you about your possibilities, expected results and all the costs involved in an otoplasty procedure in our clinic.

Generally, the otoplasty patients in our clinic are healthy children or adults, who honestly reply to our medical questions on their individual health and habits.

We perform otoplasty under general anaesthesia for all children younger than 12, while for adults and children older than 12, we use local anaesthesia.

Postoperative recovery after otoplasty is individual, usually lasting around 7 days after the operation. The patients wear a bandage covering the ears for 7 days, after the stitches are removed. Our patients can resume their personal and professional activities approximately 10 days after the operation. For the first month or two following the surgery, our patients are advised to avoid activities and sports that could lead to ear damage.

The required stay in Zagreb is minimum 1 day, but our patients need to come back for the stitches removal on the 7th postoperative day and for the final early postoperative check-up.

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Cosmetic ear surgery - otoplasty