Ear correction surgery (otoplasty)

An otoplasty is a procedure for correcting protruding ears.

Who can undergo an otoplasty?

Anyone over the age of 6, as at this age the ears have reached their adult size and shape.

What happens during surgery?

The operation is performed behind the ear, meaning that the scar is hardly invisible. After the incision is made, the cartilage is remodelled and, as a result, the shape of the ear too.

The operation lasts around 50 minutes (per ear) and, depending on the patient’s age, can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.

What happens after surgery?

Recovery is almost painless. A bandage is put in place for several days to maintain the correct position. It is then removed and a sweat headband is worn at night for 1 or 2 weeks to avoid interfering with the healing process.

Are the results permanent?

Yes, they do not change over time. A “touch up” is rarely needed and complications affecting the skin or cartilage are uncommon.

Who is Dr Núria Mir Ulldemolins?

Dr Núria Mir Ulldemolins is an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. She is currently Head of the ENT Department of l’Esperit Sant de Santa Coloma de Gramanet Hospital and spokesperson for the facial plastic surgery section of the Spanish Association of Otorhinolaryngology.

She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology and Cervicofacial Pathology at Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. Throughout her career, rhinoseptoplasty and facial surgery have been her main focus; Dr Mir has attended courses and placements with surgeons specialising in rhinoplasty, such as Dr G. Aiach in Paris. She has published articles on rhinoseptoplasty and regularly participates in courses, seminars and conferences on the subject.

She also has a PhD in surgical medicine and a MSc in Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery from the University of Barcelona.