Bat ears or prominent ears are usually congenital and can lead, particularly for children, to self-consciousness and teasing. It is a very common problem - and therefore not abnormal - that unfortunately often results in bullying from an early age. Bat ear correction surgery will correct prominent (or bat) ears and place them closer to the head.


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Bat Ear Surgery Basics

  • Surgery: 1-2 hours
  • Local anesthetic or intravenous sedation
  • Small incision behind the ear
  • No overnight stay required
  • Recovery: 2 weeks
  • Elastic bandage

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Are you a good candidate for bat ear correction?

At the Wellness Kliniek we perform the most cosmetic ear operations in children between the ages of six and sixteen. However, adults are also suitable candidates. Ears can also be properly and permanently corrected later in life. Ears which have an attractive shape and sit naturally close to the head result in great satisfaction. Your face will look completely different. It is never too late to have ear correction surgery.

Bat ear correction procedure

Each anatomical problem requires its own individual solution.

With prominent ears (bat ears) or with correction of the outer part of the ear a small incision is usually made, under a local anaesthetic, just behind the ear. This allows the surgeon to correct the position and the shape of the ear cartilage.

After the procedure you will need to wear an elastic bandage for a few days; with other ear or earlobe corrections it is usually not necessary. Two weeks later any swelling or bruising will disappear and you can resume all your usual sporting activities.

What to expect?

Following treatment for prominent ears you will be given an elastic bandage. The first week you need to wear it night and day and you should not touch or wash the treated area. The bandage should remain closed and dry. A week later you are asked to come for your check-up. The surgeon removes the bandage and any remaining stitches. From this point you can shower and wash your hair. You only need to wear the bandage during the night for between 4 and 6 weeks after the procedure.

Most patients return to school or work a week after the operation. It is best to wait a few weeks before resuming any demanding physical activities or sports. 
With ear correction surgery the scar remains visible as a red line for a few weeks to months, but because it is usually behind the ear it is barely noticeable. 18 months after your operation the red line has faded to white and there is hardly any evidence of the procedure.

The final result of ear correction surgery is only visible after 4 to 6 weeks following the procedure.

The results are permanent.

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Excellent Service

We make sure we put safety, expertise and patient satisfaction at the core of what we do. We consider it to be extremely important for you to be able to balance the risks and the expected results as well as possible. This is why you are always entitled to free preoperative consultations. 

State of the Art Facility

Located in the heart of Genk, Wellness Kliniek is a state of the art aesthetic clinic with private operating facilities specialising in aesthetic treatments and surgery.  The Wellness Kliniek operates to the highest standards with highly qualified doctors, surgeons and dentists and skilled nursing staff. 

Top Surgeons

Our team of aesthetic surgeons are amongst the most experienced and qualified in their field. They will make sure that you are well-informed, offered honest advice, assured, comfortable and safe during every stage of your procedure. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can young children have an ear correction?
Yes. Unfortunately, young children who suffer from prominent ears, also known as bat ears, can be subject to bullying. Luckily, we perform this surgery from the age of 6 years.
Will the scars remain visible?
With ear correction surgery the scar remains visible as a red line for a few weeks to months, but because it is usually behind the ear it is barely noticeable. 18 months after your operation the red line has faded to white and there is hardly any evidence of the procedure.

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