Otoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery involving the ears. During otoplasty, a plastic surgeon can adjust the size, positioning, or shape of your ears.
Some people choose to have otoplasty to correct a structural abnormality. Others have it because their ears protrude too far from their head and don’t like it.
It’s performed on the visible portion of the outer ear, called the auricle.
The auricle comprises folds of cartilage that are covered in skin. It starts to develop before birth and continues developing in the years after you’re born.
If your auricle doesn’t develop properly, you may choose to have otoplasty to correct the size, positioning, or shape of your ears.
Why get otoplasty in Turkey?
According to the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council, over 750,000 inbound patients from 144 countries choose Turkey for medical service annually. The popularity of otoplasty in Turkey is also rising. Let’s consider the reasons why women and men from over the world choose Turkey to do an otoplasty surgery.
- Technologically-advanced hospitals
Starting from 2003, the Turkish Ministry of Health launched the Program for Health Support Sector Transformation to increase the financing into the sector and improve the quality of healthcare.
This initiative gave a result, nowadays more than 50 medical centers in Turkey are JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited. This is confirmation that the hospital follows the strict world’s standards in medicine.
Currently, Turkish hospitals have achieved the level of top facilities in the USA, Europe, Asia. The equipment is renovated every 1-3 years to provide accurate medical procedures. Due to this, people who want to get an otoplasty in Turkey can be sure of its high quality.
- Affordable prices
The local government does everything possible to make Turkey a top destination for medical tourism in the world offering an advanced level of medicine at affordable prices. Moreover, the general price policy within the country is not high — accommodation, meals, transport are quite inexpensive in Turkey.
As a result, the prices for medical services in Turkey (including for otoplasty )are 4-5 times lower than in the USA, and 2-3 times than in Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea, or Israel.
- Experienced doctors
One more reason to get an otoplasty in Turkey is that the expert doctors and medical staff that works in the hospital serving international tourists regularly practiced in the US and European medical facilities to interchange the experience and apply the newest technologies.
Moreover, many Turkish plastic surgeons are members of international organizations such as the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) which gathers top specialists from over the world.
- Extra services
Turkey is a customer-friendly country. Local clinics for plastic surgery offer a wide range of additional services for free.
For instance, accommodation, transfer at the airport, language assistance are already included in the otoplasty surgery price. Some clinics are even more generous — they offer spa procedures, meals, and even excursion tours.
Different types of Otoplasty surgery in Turkey
Every ear is unique and requires a tailored approach. They’re a delicate and complex feature, so this is one surgery where you’ll really notice the difference between an ordinary plastic surgeon, and a specialist facial plastic surgeon with plenty of otoplasty experience.
There are three main types of otoplasty:
- Ear Pinback
This is the most common variety of otoplasty. Ears that protrude too far from the face (even though they may be of normal size) can be “pulled back” towards the cheeks. The surgery involves a simple incision at the base of the external ear, and some of the ear’s cartilage is sometimes removed to enhance the effect.
- Ear Reduction
Not to be confused with pinback, this surgery involves the removal of some of the ear’s outer tissue. It can correct for abnormal sizes – such as occurs with a condition called macrotia. In these cases, ears may not necessarily protrude too far from the face, but can still appear too large when seen from the side. Ear reduction surgery removes excess cartilage, creating an appearance that’s more in proportion with the rest of your face.
- Ear Augmentation
Oversized ears aren’t the only problem people frequently suffer from. It can be just as disheartening to have ears that are smaller than normal – sometimes to the extent that they are totally invisible from the front. Ear augmentation can give your ear more structure, ensuring that all of its components are balanced and in harmony with your face. Cartilage is often taken from another part of your body and added to the ear. The augmentation technique can also be an appropriate solution for patients with disfigured or malformed ears.
Finally, another fairly common ear surgery is earlobe repair. Torn or stretched earlobes are a common complication from a lifetime of wearing heavy earrings, or getting lobe gauging. Experienced plastic surgeons can leave an almost invisible line when they stitch a torn lobe back together.
All of these options above can be performed as outpatient procedures, with local anesthetic and minimal recovery time.
Recovery time for otoplasty surgery
- If you have a bandage around your head, keep it clean and dry. You will not be able to wash your hair until after the bandage has been removed.
- You might need to wear a headband at night for several weeks to protect your ears while you sleep.
- The stitches may come to the surface of the skin or make your ear feel tender. Treat any pain with painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
- After 7 to 10 days: The bandage (if used) and stitches are removed (unless they’re dissolvable stitches).
- After 1 to 2 weeks: Most children can return to school.
- After 4 to 6 weeks: Swimming should be OK
- Around 12 weeks: Contact sports should be OK.
Before and After Photos
Cost of otoplasty in Turkey
In the UK and Europe, ear surgery may cost between £2,500 to £3,500, plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may be needed.
The exact cost will depend on the type of surgery you’re having.
The Otoplasty cost in Turkey is cheaper due to many factors, but approximately the main reason is the local government does everything possible to make Turkey a top destination for medical tourism in the world offering an advanced level of medicine at affordable prices.
The general price policy within the country is not high — accommodation, meals, transport are quite inexpensive in Turkey.
As a result, the prices for medical services in Turkey (including for an otoplasty) are 4-5 times lower than in the USA, and 2-3 times than in Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea, or Israel. And the doctors are really experienced.
Associate Professor Tayfun Türkaslan is a graduate of Izmir Ege University Faculty of Medicine. The physician, who succeeded in the Medical Specialization Examination (TUS) in the year he graduated, started his specialization at Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. The physician, who moved to St James Seacroft University hospital in England in 1997, worked and researched here, and continued his medical experience in our country after his specialization period. The physician, who completed his specialization after the scientific congress and certification processes abroad and was appointed to Istanbul Yavuz Selim Hospital with the title of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Specialist, worked here for almost 2 years. The doctor, who worked for 7 years at Vakıf Gureba with his old name and at Bezmi Alem University with his new name, received the title of Associate Professor in the field of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery as of 2010. Assoc. Dr. Tayfun Türkaslan; He currently provides professional medical services to his patients in Estetikport Aesthetic Surgery clinic, which he is the founder of.