Face plastic surgery

Ear Reconstruction Surgery

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Plastic surgery is not only about beauty improvements. In some cases, certain body parts are reconstructed from scratch to make them look just normal. An ear reconstruction surgery is one of such procedures. An ear, underdeveloped or malformed during the foetal development period or lost through trauma, can be completely reconstructed. This is a challenging procedure which requires high precision and extensive surgical experience. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a clinic with a proven track record such as ours where surgical results speak for themselves.

Ear reconstruction surgeries are performed in patients older than 6 years so that there is sufficient cartilage available for the graft. The procedure is performed in two phases.

  • First, cartilage is harvested from the patient’s rib and used to carve and form an ear structure, which is sewn underneath the skin at the site of the ear.
  • After 6 months, a developed ear is separated from the skull through the skin graft.
Both phases are performed under a general anaesthesia, therefore each time one day stay at the clinic is required.

Frequently asked questions

Postoperative edema can persist for up to a month after surgery.

The effects of the reconstruction are visible immediately after the procedure. The full cosmetic effect is achieved after about 6 to 12 months from the last stage of the surgery.

Reconstructions are carried out with patients over 6 years of age, due to the possibility of collecting the appropriate amount of cartilage material necessary to restore the turbinate.

Auricle reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia, a one-day stay in the clinic is required. The surgery requires the qualification of a plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist (after performing a number of general tests). If all above is correct, the ear reconstruction surgery is safe.

Treatments from the plastic surgery department are usually not refundable by the National Health Fund. There are few exceptions to this rule, among which you can find procedures performed due to deformations of the patient's body, birth defects, scars and damage resulting from an injury or illness. Congenital defects of the auricle are on the list of reimbursed treatments. In this case, with an important referral, you can go to the Plastic Surgery Outpatient Clinic, which has a contract with the National Health Fund.

Reconstructions are carried out with patients over 6 years of age, due to the possibility of collecting the appropriate amount of cartilage material necessary to restore the turbinate. The process takes place in the stages:

Stage one - the patient's cartilage is taken from the rib arch, the cartilage of the ear is scuplted from it and sutured into the tunnel in the area of the missing auricle.

Stage two - after 6 months, the ear is separated from the skull using a skin graft. 

Both stages take place under the general anesthesia. One-day stay in the clinic is required. 

Useful information

Procedure duration ca. 180 minutes
Required lab tests blood group, complete blood count, ESR, clotting screen (APTT and INR), creatinine, glucose level, electrolytes (Na, K), urine test, hepatitis B vaccine
Type of anaesthesia general
Length of stay one day at each phase
Convalescence ca. 10 days
Suture removal on day 10 (depending on your doctor’s decision)
Dressing change on day 3-10
Separation of the ear from the skull after 6 months
Contraindications bleeding diathesis, coagulation disorders, unregulated high blood pressure, unregulated diabetes, purulent infection of the skin and mucous membranes, pregnancy

Ear reconstruction surgery before and after

Ear Reconstruction Surgery - Price

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1 Prominent Ear Reshaping 6 000 PLN 6 000 PLN

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