Ear correction - ear correction of sail ears (otopexy)

The ear application or ear correction of sail ears simply ends the suffering of all those who suffer from ears that protrude too far. Otopexy is now a routine procedure performed regularly by our plastic and aesthetic surgeons in our beauty clinics. The operation can already be performed in childhood (from 6 years), but is also suitable for adolescents and adults.

The ear surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Adults receive a local anaesthetic and are put into twilight sleep. Only children are operated on under general anesthesia. The treatment lasts between 1 and 2 hours. The regeneration time is usually between 2 and 4 weeks.


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Number of sessions / operations: 1 session
Duration of the operation: 1-2 hours
Process of return to work: 3 days
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
Success of the results: Forever
Hospital stay: not necessary

When does one speak of sail ears?

That our ears protrude is perfectly normal. It is also important that there are no health problems associated with sail ears. Hearing has nothing to do with more or less protruding ears. Also the sense of balance is not affected.

Sail ears are generally spoken of when the angle between ear and head is 30 degrees or more. If you find it difficult to measure degrees, simply measure the distance between the ear and the head. This should not be greater than 2 cm at the widest point.

Ist der Abstand zwischen Ohr und Schädel zu weit, wird von Segelohren gesprochen. Das Symbol zeigt einen fröhlichen Jungen, der seine Ohren mit den Händen nach vorne schiebt

When does it make sense to put on ears?

Protruding ears are often perceived as an aesthetic flaw by many people. Since the malformation already occurs in childhood, the affected persons are exposed to teasing at a very early stage. While some succeed in seeing the malformation as a characteristic, others suffer from the stigma, develop inferiority complexes or even depressions.

While the health insurance companies usually still cover the costs of ear-splitting for children between the ages of 4 and 12, this is seldom the case for adolescents and only in exceptional cases for adults. The costs for an ear surgery in Germany quickly reach 2000,- Euro and more. With a health trip to Turkey, you receive the same specialist medical service at a considerably lower price.

What is the reason for protruding ears?

Protruding ears (sail ears, medical: otapostasis) are genetically caused. In most cases, protruding ears are caused by the anthelix fold. This usually places the ear on the skull. If this fold is missing, the ear will protrude. Occasionally, however, an auricle that is too large or too steep (the so-called concha cartilage) is the cause of the ear's protrusion. In even rarer cases, both meet.

Schema des Ablaufs einer Otopexie (Ohrenanlegen-OP).

What is the procedure of the earplasty?

The exact procedure of the ear surgery depends on the individual requirements of the patient. The main aim is to correct the anthelix wrinkle and/or concha responsible for the malformation.

If the anthelix fold is missing, it is placed behind the ear through a scar-saving incision. The tension of the cartilage is weakened by grinding or cutting methods, so that it lies backwards and a wrinkle develops. Finally, the newly formed anthelix is fixed with sutures.

In the case of a thickened or protruding concha, the cartilage is reduced in size according to the desired aesthetic-symmetrical specification and later also fixed with sutures.

Risks of ear contact

Otopexy is considered a safe operation and usually proceeds without complications. Immediately after the operation, swollen and bluish discoloured ears are to be expected. Also a numbness of the ears is completely normal over a period of 1 week after the operation. Only in rare and exceptional cases do persistent secondary bleeding, severe scarring or inflammation occur.

Putting on ears in Turkey

With an ear correction in one of our clinics in Istanbul you save a considerable part of the costs that would be incurred in Germany for the operation and can be sure at the same time to receive the same high medical standard as Germany, Austria or Switzerland. All ear surgeries are performed by aesthetic plastic surgeons who specialize in ear corrections.

For our German-speaking patients, translators are available at all times so that you will be informed about all steps in German from the preliminary consultation to the operation and the after-treatment.

We will gladly take care of the complete health trip for you - from booking the hotel to the transfers and organizing all necessary appointments in the clinic. Why not combine your stay in Turkey with our attractive wellness offers?