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Earplasty in Saarbrücken

What are sail ears?

Differences in the shaping cartilage of the ear can cause the ear to protrude. Protruding ears are the most common malformation of the ear. Over five percent of the population have protruding ears, popularly known as sail ears. In technical terminology, this is called otapostasis (in English, “prominent ear”). In protruding ears, the inner fold of the auricle is missing and the ear cavity is too large. The distance from the outer edge of the ear to the skull is greater. In ninety percent of cases, protruding ears occur on both sides. Protruding ears are often inherited. In about sixty percent of cases, there is a familial predisposition for protruding ears. Men and women are equally affected by protruding ears. The hearing ability is not affected by the malformation.

Facts about earplasty

OP duration1h
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthesia / Twilight sleep / Fast recovery surgery
Hospital stay Outpatient
Costs to the price calculator
Aftercare 6 weeks
Thread Traction Self-dissolving threads
Socially acceptable after 2 weeks
Supplements or alternatives Earlobe correction

What is an earplasty?

Otopexy is used for the targeted correction of protruding ears. Therefore, for a natural and balanced result, corrections of the ear cavity, the main fold of the ear and the earlobe are combined. Lateral differences can be compensated to a certain extent. An optimal aesthetic result can only be achieved by applying the optimal technique. The techniques for correcting protruding ears have been continuously developed since Dieffenbach first described them in 1845. In the meantime, more than two hundred different techniques have been described.

The techniques are named after the surgeons who gave them their names:

Converse (1955) Access at the back of the ear, incision of the cartilage in the area of the inner ear fold and the ear cavity, and supplementary fixation sutures of the ear cavity (concho-mastoid sutures). This method is also known as the cut-suture technique.
Mustardé (1963) Access at the back of the ear and suture technique to restore the ear fold (mattress sutures).
Furnas (1968) Access at the back of the ear and fixation sutures of the ear cavity (concho-mastoid sutures).
Stenström (1978) Access the front of the ear and thin out the cartilage with a rasp to restore the fold of the ear.
Weerda (1979) Access the back of the ear and thin out the cartilage with a burr to restore the fold of the ear.
Pitanguy (1981) Access at the back of the ear, shaping of the ear fold with a grafted cartilage strip of the auricle and fixation sutures of the ear cavity.
Fritsch (1995) Restoration of the ear fold and fixation of the ear cavity without skin incision (suture method).
Firmin (2008) Approach to the front of the ear to restore the ear fold with a grafted cartilage strip from the ribs.
Kang (2016) The minimally invasive approach to the front of the ear for implantation of U-shaped clasps to restore the ear fold (Earfold®).

What is the procedure for the operation of the ear contact plastic in Saarbrücken?

Step 1: Preparation

Before applying the ears, it is ensured several times that the best possible conditions for an optimal result are present. You will be informed about the duration of the surgery. You will be given medication to relax and suppress the sensation of pain. The surgeon injects the local anaesthetic around the ears with the finest cannulas. You’ll hardly notice any of this.

Step 2: OP procedure

The surgeon disinfects the ears and facial skin with an alcoholic solution. The hair and neck are carefully covered with sterile cloths. During the application of the ears, the surgeon checks the symmetry of the ears several times. To do this, he carefully turns the head to the side alternately.

Using a thin skin pencil, the planned ear fold and incision is first marked on the skin. The surgeon uses magnifying glasses to ensure that the operation is performed accurately. The cartilage is exposed via an approximately four-centimeter access on the back of the ear. The simulated ear fold is fixed with three to four fine sutures. The exact placement of the sutures ensures a harmonious arch of the ear fold. Depending on the findings, part of the enlarged ear cavity is removed and the ear cavity is fixed with additional sutures (Cavum Pexie). These sutures are placed with great sensitivity to achieve a natural shape. For a harmonious result, the correction of the earlobe (Lobulus plastic) is often necessary. Where necessary, a narrow strip of excess skin on the back of the ear is removed. The skin is closed with fine sutures. A light pressure bandage stabilizes the new auricle shape and prevents the occurrence of bruising. Restoration of the natural ear fold takes about thirty minutes per side. A more extensive correction requires more time.

Schritt 3: Nach der Ohrenoperation

Immediately after the operation you will be continuously monitored in a so-called recovery room. You can have a drink and, if you tolerate this well, eat something after you have fully awakened. You will be assisted by our nursing staff when you go to the toilet for the first time. Before you leave the practice, control appointments are made. The surgeon will discuss with you again what you should take into account after the operation. You will be given a comprehensive written report and the surgeon’s personal telephone number. In case of an emergency, the surgeon is available for you 24 hours a day.

Six benefits of hearing correction

  1. An ear correction can significantly increase life satisfaction.
  2. Plastic surgery of the ears can prevent psychological aberrations.
  3. Parents often report an increased self-confidence of their children.
  4. After an operation the ears are no longer covered by a haircut or wearing a cap.
  5. Patients like to show their ears and like to wear ear jewelry in the months after the operation.
  6. The operation can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Before and after pictures of auricle plastic surgery

Before and after ear photos may be used in patient education, but may not be published online. Therefore, we are happy to show you before/after pictures of operated ears during the explanatory consultation. This is of course done in compliance with data protection. The photographed patients have previously given their consent for this. You can find out more about this topic in the menu category “About us” under the menu item “Before and after pictures”.

Field report of an ear correction at the CenterPlast practice in Saarbrücken.

Patient testimonials about cosmetic surgery and about our plastic surgery specialists can be found on the Testimonials page. More frequently asked questions about correction without surgery and surgical ear correction can be found on our FAQ page about ear correction.

Frequently asked questions

How are sail ears created?

Protruding ears can have various causes. The most common is a combination of several factors:

  • In most cases, the main fold of the auricle is too weakly developed or missing completely.
  • The hollow of the ear is sometimes too large and protrudes from the skull.
  • The rear ear muscle is too deep in the ear cavity.
  • Excess skin and a small muscle lead to a protruding earlobe (at about twenty percent).

The author

Unsere Fachärzte für Plastische Chirurgie Saarbrücken
Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl

“Our goal is to provide the best, most discreet and precise treatment based on our extensive expertise in plastic surgery. „

Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl is distinguished by a unique international perspective with a feminine view of plastic surgery. Her personalized and detailed approach is key to the beautiful and natural results she achieves. Having trained in Brazil, one of the largest and most well-known countries for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, she understands her patients’ desire to look and feel their best. She completed her medical studies and her training as a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery in Brazil. In 2009, she also successfully passed the German equivalence examinations for the medical state examination. Two years later, in 2011 she received the German and in 2012 the EU specialist recognition (EBOPRAS) for plastic surgery. From 2009 to 2013, she deepened her knowledge of aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery with world-renowned representatives of plastic surgery such as Professor Gubisch at the Marienhospital and Madame Firmin in Paris. A VDÄPC Fellowship (continuing fellowship for graduate students) in Switzerland, France and the USA has further enriched her professional experience. Dr. Santos Stahl is active in several prestigious professional societies. Besides the DGPRÄC and DGBT, she is also a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery – SBCP. She is also the author of several scientific articles and, together with her husband, is dedicated to research and clinical studies in the field of plastic surgery.

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