Surgery Process Guide to Ear Reshaping
“Ears are one of the first parts of the body to develop to full adult size, so if they protrude they can be particularly noticeable in children and may lead to teasing or bullying.” – NHS
Ear reshaping is carried out under local anaesthetic in order to improve the appearance of the ears, making them as symmetrical as possible. Younger children might need a general anaesthetic, and some older children and adults may be given a sedative to keep them calm and relaxed.
Your surgeon will make a small cut behind the ear. This will expose the ear cartilage.
The cartilage is then shaped and altered, removing small pieces at a time.
The remaining cartilage is then stitched into both the preferred position and shape.
Ear reshaping surgery itself is generally safe. However there are a number of complications to be vigilant of:
Chondritis (inflammation of the ear cartilage), which may need to be drained.
A recurrence of ear protrusion. In 5% of cases, the ears maintain their protrusion.
Infection on the ear where the incision was made. If this occurs you will usually be given a course of antibiotics. If the area surrounding the ear becomes infected it could result in permanent ear deformity; but this is extremely rare.
Stiff or numb ears – your ears may take several months to become flexible again, or you may lose the sensation in them for the same period of time.
Soreness. This is usually more noticeable at night, and generally stops after a few months.
Unsatisfactory appearance: It’s important to note that perfectly even symmetry is unlikely – so be aware of this before you decide to go ahead with the surgery.
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