What does surgery for prominent ears involve?
Surgery can be carried out either under general anaesthetic or under local anaesthetic with sedation. An incision is made behind the ear and a small ellipse of skin is removed. The ear cartilage is exposed and either scored to cause it to bend or a small piece of cartilage is removed to set the ear back and make it more natural in appearance. Dissolving sutures are used to close the skin behind the ear. A dressing with cotton wool and a head bandage is applied.
What is the normal postoperative course following prominent ear correction?
The head bandage stays on for approximately one week after the operation. An outpatient appointment is made for the bandage to be removed after a week. When the bandage is taken off the ears will appear bruised and swollen but this tends to settle in approximately a fortnight. Patients can shower and wash their hair normally once the head bandage has been removed. A soft elasticated headband must be worn at night in order not to catch the ears on the pillow while asleep. Contact sport is not allowed for four weeks following the operation.
What are the potential complications of this procedure?
Just like any other operation, surgery for prominent ear correction can have complications such as bleeding, haematoma (blood clot on the skin), infection and the scar behind the ear which can be red, raised, lumpy and tender. Your plastic surgeon will discuss any other complications specific to this operation with you after examining you.