Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

The Effect of Otoplasty

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, reduces the size of large ears or ‘pins’ them back closer to the head to so they protrude less.

The Otoplasty Procedure

The exact specifics of the procedure depend on the requirements of the individual.

Best Candidates for Otoplasty

The best candidates for otoplasty are:
  • Children between the ages of 4-14
  • Adults in good health
There are a variety of ear problems that can also be helped with surgery. These include: lop ear, cupped ear and shell ear.


All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.

More details about your consultation and tips on coming to Bumrungrad in the Consultation section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign.

You can find hospital forms on our the Forms section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery.

The FAQ question "What are the risks of plastic and cosmetic surgery?" has additional details on risks and how to minimize them.


Time required: 2-3 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation

Side effects

Temporary throbbing
Aching and swelling
Redness and numbness

Otoplasty Recovery Time

Back to work or school: 5-7 days
Strenuous activity or contact sports: 1-3 months

Please note that this information should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your physician at your consultation.


Plastic (Cosmetic) Surgery Center
Bumrungrad International Clinic (BIC) Building, 16th floor, Counter A
Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

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