Following surgery a headband will be advised to be worn for a few weeks at night. As with all surgery bleeding or infection may occur. Infection is unusual and would normally be treated with antibiotics. It is important to understand that the degree of ear correction usually lessens slightly over the first few months after surgery. Therefore the ears are often a bit “over-corrected” initially. This is to accommodate the usual loosening up of the ears after surgery.

It is very important to understand that the degree of eventual correction of the ears is variable.

The important consideration is to have ears that are natural and pleasant to look at and which are on the whole, not noticeable. The aim should not be to have ears that are too close to the head. This looks unnatural and may for example make it difficult to wear glasses.

Occasionally the internal sutures that are placed underneath the skin start to come out. This can happen even well after the ear has healed, sometimes after a year. If this happens the stitches will need to be removed. Normally this does not affect the result.

A prominent scar behind the ear is unusual and would only normally result if the person concerned has a tendency to so-called “keloid” scarring. This refers to a prominent surgical scar, which can occur with some people because of the way their skin heals.

However most people who undergo surgery to correct outstanding ears are very pleased with the outcome and this applies to both adults and children.


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