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Ear correction

Scallop shaped ears or ears that stick out often provoke teasing. Children often pay the price of taunting that strongly eats away at their confidence. We can already resort to an ear correction from the age of 4 years old. It can also happen that  adults take the decision later on to resort to this type of operation.

How is this carried out?

The surgeon pushes back the cartilage of the scallop of the ear towards the skull  by means of threads to this. The cartillage can be over sized. In this particular case the surgeon can make alterations to the cartillage.


The ear correction is performed entirely behind the ear. Therefore there is absolutely no visible scar. The incision is made in deep groove situated behind the ear and is sutured beneath the skin.


Most of the time, a local anaesthetic is sufficient. We administer to more nervous patients a medication with the aim of calming them down in the short term. This anaesthetic is proportioned in different gradations until the patient is asleep. With children under 16 years old it is preferable to resort to a general anaesthetic.


The plastic surgeon proceeds with these operations in conditions of optimal security, surrounded by a professional team.

Even though the ear correction is done most of the time under local anaesthetic, you are constantly watched over under monitoring by the anesthetist (automatic and repetitive measure of the blood pressure, constant measuring of the oxygen saturation, electrocardiogram). One or two highly qualified nurses will equally supervise. This surrounding will guarantee that you have faultless safety.

The locale anaesthetic allows not only an operation without pain but also a minimal risk of bloodloss and the appearance of bruises.

If you are taking anti-coagulant drugs, please inform your plastic surgeon of this first (for ex., acetylsalic acid, aspirin, asaflow, cardioaspirine, dipiridamole, plavix, sintrom, marevan and others).

After the operation you are able to contact your plastic surgeon at all times on his personal mobile number, if you have the slightest question.


You can go home, already one hour after the operation. The local anaesthetic carrys on its effect for a couple of hours. It is possible that you will feel some pain during the first 24 hours. Ibuprofen and  paracetamol will help you  cope with this.
Following the operation you will wear a bandage around the ears, that will be taken off 5 days later. You can from that moment wash your hair again. You will have to wear a protective bandage during the night for 3 weeks.
You will be able to go back to work 2 days after the operation, if the wearing of the bandage does not pose any problems in your professional daily life.

Risks and eventual complications

This operation in carried out in total security and produces excellent results. Your plastic surgeon works towards to observing harmonious symmetry between the right and left ear. He meticulously watches that the ears are not stuck to the skull. There is infinitely little risk of infection in this type of operation.

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