Ear correction

Loose ears and split earlobes are the two most common ear corrections we perform during otoplasty at the Bellefontaine Clinic in Lausanne. Mainly during childhood, people with protruding ears can be subject to hurtful remarks. The operation can be performed as early as the age of 6, as the growth of the ear cartilage is already well advanced.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia:Local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia.
Length:Approx. 1-2 hours.
Treatment:Outpatient at the Bellefontaine Clinic.
Work:Depending on physical effort and type of work.
Sport:After 6 weeks.
Aftercare:Wear a headband for 2 weeks day and night, then another 2 weeks only for the night, antibiotic prophylaxis and burr for 7 days.
Risks:Local swelling, bruising, infection, hematoma and irritating scars. Asymmetry of both ears.
Cost:We will be happy to make you an offer on request. Please fill in the contact form or call us.

General information

Many people suffer from the appearance of their ears: ears that are too small or too large, protruding or irregular ear shapes, or a disturbing shape of the earlobe. Many young adults and older adults are also bothered by protruding ears and cherish the desire for correction. Precise analysis of the erroneous position is decisive for a perfect aesthetic result with a long shelf life. With an incision behind the ear, the ear cartilage is treated and corrected. Split earlobes usually occur after an accident or after years of wearing heavy earrings. A special surgical incision technique is used to prevent recurrence. A new ear hole may be punctured in the same place after 9 months.

Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the first consultation, we will make sure that a hearing correction will be useful to you. To this end, we will clarify questions about your general state of health. We measure the various parameters of the ear and analyze the exact misalignment of the ear. Nicotine use should ideally be stopped 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the operation. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and certain vitamin and homeopathic medications, should also be stopped 2 weeks before surgery. You will receive detailed instructions from us prior to surgery.

During the procedure

On the day of the operation, the preparation of the so-called pre-images and the drawing of the future BTE in the standing position are necessary. General anaesthesia is used for children. In other cases, we usually perform the ear correction under local anesthesia. The incision is made at the back of the ear. The shape of the cartilage in the ear is modified accordingly, and your auricle is threaded on and fixed with permanent sutures. The procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours and at the end of the operation a special compression bandage is applied. After only a few hours you can go home.

After the procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you will be dressed with a head bandage. It supports the new shape of the ear and must be worn for one week. The pain after an ear correction can be well treated with mild painkillers that have a decongestant effect. You will also have to take antibiotics for 7 days after the operation. The bandage is changed after one week. Then you must wear a headband for 2 weeks day and night, and for another 2 weeks only at night. Light physical activities can be resumed after only a few days. After 6 weeks you can do sports again. To make the scar as invisible as possible, scar treatment should be started after the scar has healed. Special scar ointments are suitable for this purpose, which should be applied three times a day to the affected areas. A massage promotes the absorption of the cream. As long as the scar is red or pink, you should protect it from the sun.

Risks and side effects

In principle, every operation carries certain risks, such as infection or haematoma. The sensitivity of the skin to touch may be slightly reduced after the operation. Bruising, redness and slight swelling regularly occur after the operation, divergence of the edges of the wound under mechanical stress, wound healing problems, asymmetry of the wounds, and asymmetric wound healing.


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