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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery in Istanbul, Turkey

Otoplasty – also referred to as ear pinning surgery – is a procedure of great interest for reconstructive as well as cosmetic purposes.

Men and women often choose otoplasty to correct aesthetic problems such as too large ears or protruding and deformed ears. It is reconstructive surgery usually performed to correct structural problems present at birth or caused as a result of an injury. [1]

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What is Otoplasty or Ear Pinning?

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Who are Good Candidates for Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is generally safe and suitable for healthy adults, children, and adolescents, without uncontrolled recurring ear infections or life-threatening conditions.

Here are some other characteristics of a good candidate for otoplasty:

  • A child who is above 5 years of age and in good general health.


  • Adults without undetected or ongoing health issues that could hinder recovery
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Types of Otoplasty

1- Lop-Ear Otoplasty

Ear surgery is recommended for treating ear deformities, in which the upper part of the ear is bending forward.

2- One Ear Otoplasty

This otoplasty technique is performed only on one ear of the patient. The primary goal is to improve the appearance by correcting imperfections. During this procedure, the surgeon changes the shape of the outer ear called the pinna.

3- Incisionless Otoplasty

It is a form of ear pinning without surgery. It is performed to correct protruding ears without incisions. It is a minimally invasive procedure having a shorter recovery period and reduced risk of side effects.

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Otoplasty Procedure

The incision for ear surgery is typically made in front or behind the ear within its natural contour so that the incision is less visible during the healing process.

Otoplasty or ear pinning usually takes about 2 to 3 hours. It can be performed under local, general, or intravenous sedation.

Risks and Side Effects of Otoplasty

If the surgeon is not experienced in this area of cosmetic surgery there could be some potential risks and side effects such as:

  • Scars
  • Asymmetrical ear position
  • Changes in tissue sensitivity
  • Allergic reaction

Essential information for otoplasty surgery

Duration:1 – 2 hoursDaily life:3 – 5 days
Hospital Stay:1 nightExercise:2 – 3 weeks
Anaesthesia:GeneralFull recovery:2 – 3 months


Ear Pinning Cost in Turkey

The cost of ear pinning surgery varies greatly depending on the surgeon’s experience and the nature of the procedure.

The cost of ear pinning procedure in Turkey varies between $1500 – $2000, which is more affordable than in most other nations including the United States and Europe.

Ear Pinning cost at Vantage Clinic in Turkey

Starting From $1500

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Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) surgery before and after photos

Frequently asked questions

Otoplasty is a safe procedure that can be performed at any time after your ear is fully developed. This usually occurs at the age of five. Hence, most ear pinning surgeries are performed on children between 5 and 7 years of age. [3]

Although changes and growth in the pinna tend to occur throughout our life, the greatest changes are commonly associated with childhood. Hence, otoplasty is usually done in children between the ages of 5 and 7 years.

Timely surgery is also essential for protecting children with ear deformities from psychological distress caused due to ridicule from peers.

Yes, your ears will relax after this procedure, although their posture might vary to some extent. However, this is perfectly normal.

Surgeons in Turkey undergo strict training, which enables them to perform procedures like otoplasty with utmost precision. You can expect the best results from otoplasty in Turkey. Hence, otoplasty is considered safe when performed in Turkey. [4]

Surgeons in Turkey undergo strict training, which enables them to perform procedures like otoplasty with utmost precision. You can expect the best results from otoplasty in Turkey. Hence, otoplasty is considered safe when performed in Turkey. [4]

Some factors that make cosmetic procedures like otoplasty cheap in Turkey include the low cost of living, lower taxes, and government subsidies.

Although otoplasty is rarely an essential procedure for medical purposes, it can definitely help you regain your confidence and feel good about your appearance. Moreover, it is a low-risk cosmetic procedure that offers excellent efficacy. Hence, ear pinning surgery is definitely worth it.

Affordable price is one of the reasons why Turkey has become a popular destination for cosmetic surgeries like otoplasty. You will easily find trained and qualified surgeons in Turkey who will give you the best possible outcome.

Hence, if you are considering having an otoplasty abroad, Turkey could be your best choice.

What are the options for ear pinning without surgery?

Non-surgical otoplasty does not require any incisions and uses only sutures for pinning the ears back so that a more symmetrical appearance can be achieved.  These special sutures need to be woven into the ears, and later, remain in place permanently. The sutures are not palpable or visible after a short recovery period.

Incisionless otoplasty is one of the best options for ear pinning without surgery. It is an ideal non-surgical procedure for children as well as adults having protruding ears.

Alternatively, you can consider other non-surgical techniques that could be applicable for ear reconstruction such as the use of ear splints or ear buddies. Ear splints work well for misshapen ears but are less successful for those with prominent ears. [5]


The decision to undergo an ear pinning with surgery or without surgery can be taken based on factors such as your age, your general health, the nature of the deformity, and the kind of reconstruction needed.

You can discuss various options for otoplasty with your surgeon in Turkey who will be able to guide you about the best treatment suitable for you.


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