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Otoplasty in Cyprus

Protruding or large ears are some of the most common infant ear deformities, often causing severe psychological distress to both males and females as they grow up. However, such disorders in the ears’ appearance do not cause any functional issues, such as hearing loss.

Prominent or protruding ears (otapostasis) extend more than 2 cm from the head’s side and are typically bilateral. It is a congenital condition, which means it is visible from the time a baby is born.

Studies have shown that this type of ear deformity can be a cause of teasing, especially for children during their school years. Even though surgical ear correction is always an option, firstly, we need to clarify to our kids that any differences in our appearance are features that make us unique. Not something we should feel embarrassed about.

Ears continue to grow until they reach their mature size between ages 5 – 7. Therefore, corrective ear surgery (otoplasty) should be considered after the age of seven or later in life, allowing time for the earlobe to grow sufficiently and people to be mature enough to make an informed decision for themselves.


What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the shape and size of protruding ears, placing them in a harmonized position with the other facial characteristics.

The problem of prominent ears is anatomical. In most people with protruding ears, the antihelical fold – the Y-shaped cartilage near the outer ear’s center – is underdeveloped or absent or greater than 90°, causing the ear’s outer rim (helix) to stick out.

People with prominent ears also have a large and deep concha – the bowl-shaped space outside the opening of the ear canal -, making the entire ear being pushed away from the head’s side.

Otoplasty is a routine and painless plastic surgery that typically requires just local anesthesia and light sedation. Hospitalization is not necessary for a routine otoplasty.

After the ear plastic surgery, adults and young children can regain their confidence and feel better than ever before with their appearance.


Before & After Photos

What Does Otoplasty Involve?

Step 1: Anesthesia

The ear plastic surgery can be done under local anesthesia and light sedation. A certified anesthesiologist injects local anesthetic into the ear’s skin. As a result, the area becomes numb for about 2 to 3 hours.

Step 2: Incision(s)

Dr. Stavrou uses advanced techniques to hide all incisions behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear meets the head.

Step 3: Ear Correction Procedure

There are several techniques to perform ear correction, with Mustarde’ and Davis procedures being the most prominent ones. Skilled plastic surgeons can combine these two techniques when necessary.

  • Mustarde’ Procedure: The plastic surgeon creates a proper antihelical fold using specialized sutures which bend behind the ear, resulting in a natural-looking fold. Sutures are the least invasive method for otoplasty surgery.
  • Davis Procedure: The plastic surgeon removes excessive conchal bowl cartilage or scratches and reshapes the cartilage to allow the ear to sit closer to the skull.
Step 4: Closing the incision(s)

Dr. Stavrou closes the incisions carefully to ensure minimal scars, hidden at the back of the earlobe.


1 hour

Anaesthesia Used

Local or General/Sedation

Hospital Stay

Day Surgery

Pre Admission Tests

Blood Tests


1 week


Next Day


2-3 weeks

Final Result

1-2 months


Recovery after otoplasty depends on the extent of the procedure and any accompanying procedures. The otoplasty intervention is a virtually painless outpatient procedure. Therefore,  no hospitalization is required if otoplasty is not combined with other surgical procedures.

Light activities can begin from the first day after the surgery. Adult patients can return to normal activities within a week. Children can return to school after 5-7 days and resume their sports activities after 1-2 months.

All patients should wear a head bandage for the first three days post-op. This postoperative dressing is used to help keep the ears in their new position. In a follow-up visit after 8-10 days, the surgeon will remove the stitches.

The look of the ears will improve gradually in the 4-6 weeks following the surgery, while the results are usually permanent.

Skin care and sun protection are necessary during the recovery period.

What our patients say!

Rhinoplasty. Dr. Stavrou did an excellent job with my nose, the results are incredible, as good as the ones he has posted on his social pages. I had no pain after the surgery, no complications, everything went smoothly. The recovery was very fast, like 3 weeks. Dr. Stavrou was very kind and professional, I felt very comfortable with him and his team. I trusted him since the first meeting. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Natalie Arsalide
Natalie Arsalide
April 18, 2022.
Dr.Stavrou goes above and beyond to be helpful throughout the whole experience. Overall I am very happy with my results as it is everything I envisioned and more.
Roberta Mifsud
Roberta Mifsud
March 24, 2022.
Edit: I thought I'd add to my review after 1+ year post operation! I got my nose done by Dr Stavrou 27 months ago. The results are beyond excellent and I couldn't ask for better service from the doctor and the team! For anyone who's wondering, almost all of the swelling and bruising was gone after 2 weeks and my nose currently looks like it did about a month after the operation. I highly recommend him!! Old review: Today is the 10th day after my rhinoplasty with Dr Stavrou. Dr Stavrou operated on me following a functional rhinoplasty performed by my otolaryngologist. It was a painless experience and the results have exceeded my expectations! It hasn't affected my daily activities apart from the fact that I was not allowed to work out excessively. The swelling and bruising has almost disappeared completely. The results are excellent and I finally have a nose that complements my face. Not to mention the entire team was very helpful! Thank you so much Dr Stavrou!
Christina Kakoulli
Christina Kakoulli
March 4, 2022.
Ήθελα εδώ και χρόνια να κάνω μείωση στήθους και η αλήθεια δεν το τολμούσα. Είχα ακούσει τα καλύτερα λόγια για τον Δρ. Δημήτρη Σταύρου και το αποφάσισα. Είναι ένας εξαιρετικός γιατρός αφοσιωμένος στην δουλειά του και με επαγγελματισμό σου δίνει το καλύτερο αποτέλεσμα. Για μένα το αποτέλεσμα είναι ένα μικρό θαύμα νιώθω υπέροχα! Γιατρέ σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για το άψογο αποτέλεσμα. Εύχομαι καλή συνέχεια και με την καταπληκτική σου δουλειά να κάνεις χαρούμενους ανθρώπους.
Demetra Demetriou
Demetra Demetriou
February 7, 2022.
After years of not feeling so confident , due to my breast size I met Dr. Stavrou and from my first consultation I knew he was the right doctor for my procedure. Totally calm and assertive , he guided me to the correct choice, resulting in a perfect outcome making me feel not only extremely confident now but also natural ! I highly recommend him to any women who is facing similar issues. Dr Stavrou thank you once again !!
Tekla Madar
Tekla Madar
January 23, 2022.
Η περίπτωση μου ήταν λιγότερο συχνή και διαφορετική από αυτές που ακούμε στην καθημερινότητά μας. Μεγάλες αυξομειώσεις βάρους (40-50 κιλά) μετά από δύο βαριατρικές επεμβάσεις για αντιμετώπιση της νοσογόνου παχυσαρκίας, με αποτέλεσμα την υπερβολική χαλάρωση του δέρματος σε πολλά σημεία του σώματος. Είχα την τύχη να ακούσω για το Δρ. Σταύρου από φιλικά άτομα, και όταν αποφάσισα να επισκεφτώ πλαστικό χειρούργο ήταν ο πρώτος που πήγα και εκεί άκουσα και έμαθα για το body contouring. Ακολούθησαν πολλά ραντεβού, άπειρες ερωτήσεις, απορίες και φόβος από την πλευρά μου. Όλες οι απαντήσεις του Δρ. Σταύρου άμεσες και ειλικρινείς, ακόμα και αυτές που δε μιλούσαν για βελτίωση όπως ήθελα να ακούσω! Καμιά απάντηση δε δόθηκε απλά για να μου «χαϊδέψει» τα αυτιά. Ο ίδιος με παρότρυνε να επισκεφτώ και άλλους πλαστικούς για να ακούσω και άλλες γνώμες. Τελικά, ήταν ο μόνος που με έπεισε, ο μόνος που μπορούσε να καθησυχάσει το φόβο, το άγχος και την αγωνία μου και ο μόνος που είχε απάντηση σε ότι τον ρωτούσα και έτσι ακολούθησα το ένστικτό μου και επέλεξα τον Δρ. Σταύρου για να προχωρήσουμε μαζί σε όλο αυτό που αποφάσισα να κάνω. Ήξερα από την αρχή ότι τα χειρουργεία θα ήταν πολύωρα και αυτό με φόβιζε περισσότερο αλλά ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που με την ηρεμία του με καθησύχαζε. Σε περίοδο έξι μηνών υποβλήθηκα σε δύο πολύωρα χειρουργεία. Η μετεγχειρητική μου πορεία και στις δύο επεμβάσεις ήταν η καλύτερη δυνατή και η ανάρρωση πολύ πιο εύκολη από όσο περίμενα και από όσο προετοιμάστηκα ψυχολογικά να αντέξω. Όλα όσα μου είπε ο Δρ. Σταύρου για τη μετεγχειρητική πορεία, τον πόνο και την ταλαιπωρία, δεν ειπώθηκαν απλά για να με «παρηγορήσουν» να μη φοβάμαι και να μην ανησυχώ. Ήταν όλα ειλικρινή και αντικειμενικά. Όπως ακριβώς μου τα περιέγραψε, έτσι ακριβώς έγιναν. Ακόμα και στα θέματα που αφορούσαν τη ψυχολογία μου ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που ήρεμος, μετρημένος και χαμογελαστός με καθησύχαζε. Γιατί όταν ένα άτομο μπαίνει στη διαδικασία να αρχίσει κάτι τόσο σημαντικό, δε μετράει μόνο το να είσαι άψογος σαν επαγγελματίας απέναντί του, αλλά και το να γνωρίζεις τη ψυχολογία του ασθενή σου ανάλογα με την κάθε περίπτωση και ο Δρ. Σταύρου κατέχει την πρώτη θέση και στα δύο!! Αισθάνομαι τυχερή που επέλεξα να εμπιστευτώ στα χέρια του γιατρού Δρ. Σταύρου την αποκατάσταση του σώματός μου και που ο φόβος δεν με απέτρεψε από το να αποφασίσω να κάνω όλα όσα η περίπτωσή μου απαιτούσε, ώστε να έχω το καλύτερο δυνατό αποτέλεσμα. Θα ήταν άδικο αν ο φόβος και η ανησυχία για τα πολύωρα χειρουργεία, τον πόνο και την ανάρρωση δε με άφηναν να έχω κάτι καλύτερο. Γιατρέ μου σε ευχαριστώ για όλα! Συνέχισε το λειτούργημα που κάνεις με τον ίδιο ακριβώς τρόπο που το κάνεις γιατί είναι σπάνια και μεγάλη αρετή να έχεις την ικανότητα και τη δύναμη να χαρίζεις τόσα πολλά χαμόγελα στους ανθρώπους!
Chryso Κ
Chryso Κ
January 22, 2022.
I empiria mou me tin epemvasi rinoplastikis itan arketa apotelesma mou einai ekseretiko aksizi ton kopo!! o giatros mu poli kalos kai eksipiretiko olo to prosopiko! Den ixa kanena idietero pono oute taleporia mono 2-3 meres imun pio prosektiki meta itan ola mia xara, stin evdomada ekana oles tis kathimerines drastiriotites pu ekana kai prin..aksizi ton kopo kai me to parapano tha to ksanakana!!🙂
eleni tirimou
eleni tirimou
January 21, 2022.

How To Fix Split Earlobes

Split earlobes is traumatic ear injury that occurs gradually because of heavy, large, or forcefully pulled earrings. The plastic surgeon can repair the earlobe by making an incision along the defect and using special sutures to bring together the two edges. The procedure is quick and minor, done under local anesthesia. In a follow-up visit after 4-5 days post-op, the plastic surgeon will remove the stitches.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Meet Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel. He has extensive experience in all types of plastic surgery and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.

Where Will Otoplasty Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs ear correction surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.

The otoplasty takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.


How safe is ear surgery?

Ear surgery for correcting protruding ears is a safe, low-risk, routine surgery performed by many plastic surgeons. A skilled surgeon, though, will ensure a smooth and painless procedure and minimal scarring.


Potential risks include infection, bleeding and adverse reaction to anesthesia. However, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon and an accredited plastic surgery clinic diminishes otoplasty risks. Make an appointment with Dr. Stavrou and EIPS staff today to discuss your thoughts and concerns about ear correction surgery.


  • Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
  • Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
  • Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641

Is an otoplasty worth it?

Protruding ear deformities can cause severe psychological issues to people from an early age since otapostasis is a congenital condition. During the school years, peer pressure and teasing can make children with prominent ears lose their confidence and self-esteem and become distanced.


Therefore, otoplasty helps people restore their confidence and feel comfortable with their look. It is a procedure with a very high satisfaction rate for all ages.

What is the best age for otoplasty?

The minimum age for a person to undergo otoplasty surgery is 5 years old. Between ages 5-7, 90% of our ear growth has been complete. Thus, an ear correction surgery at that age can prevent children from being teased and mocked at school.


Yet, people can undergo ear treatment at any point in their life after age 7. There is no best age for otoplasty; it’s up to the person to decide whether ear correction will make them feel better about themselves and have a positive impact on their lives.

Do insurance companies cover otoplasty?

Insurance companies often consider otoplasty as a cosmetic operation; therefore, they may not cover the cost. Talk to your insurance provider for more information on covered plastic surgeries.

Will there be visible scarring after otoplasty?

In most cases, visible scarring after otoplasty is minimal and well-concealed. The surgical incisions for otoplasty are typically made behind the ear, in the natural creases, which helps to hide any resulting scars. Skilled plastic surgeons take great care in placing incisions and sutures to minimize scarring. As the healing process progresses, the scars should fade and become less noticeable over time.

Can otoplasty cause hearing loss?

Otoplasty, a surgical procedure to reshape the ears, is primarily focused on the external appearance of the ears and does not affect hearing. The surgery involves correcting the position and shape of the ears to create a more balanced and natural look. It does not interfere with the auditory system or the ear’s internal structures, so it should not cause hearing loss.

How long does otoplasty last?

Otoplasty results are considered long-lasting and, in many cases, permanent. Once the ears are reshaped and repositioned during the surgery, the changes are typically maintained over time. It is important to note that the final results of otoplasty might take some time to fully stabilize, as the healing process can vary from person to person. 

Is otoplasty permanent?

Yes, otoplasty is considered a permanent solution to correct ear deformities and achieve the desired aesthetic results. The surgery involves altering the cartilage and shape of the ears to create a more balanced appearance, and these changes should last a lifetime. However, it’s important to remember that natural aging and other factors can still influence the ear’s appearance over time, but the initial corrections made during otoplasty should remain.

Does otoplasty look natural?

When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, otoplasty can result in a natural-looking outcome. The goal of otoplasty is to reshape the ears in a way that harmonizes with the individual’s facial features and looks aesthetically pleasing. Surgeons take into account factors such as ear proportion, symmetry, and patient expectations to achieve natural-looking results. 

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