This operation is usually performed to correct “sticky out ears”. This situation, although part of the range of normal appearance can cause significant embarrassment and concern with those patients. There are a variety of shapes with which patients present and so naturally there are a variety of surgical options.
Generally the scars are located behind the ears so that they are inconspicuous, but sometimes there needs to be a scar on the front aspect of the ear to achieve the desired result. The procedures may require surgery on the actual cartilage of the ear and this is not uncommonly painful in the recovery phase.
In the initial consultation Dr. Flynn will evaluate your condition and recommend the most effective technique, you should discuss your expectations frankly with the doctor during this consultation. Your expectations must be realistic and you must keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection. It is important to realise also that sometimes despite the best endeavours, the result is not exactly what you are looking for. Sometimes this can be corrected with further surgery but also sometimes it may not be possible to achieve what you hope for.
The surgery usually takes about one to two hours and is performed as a day procedure and may be carried out under local anaesthesia or a light sedation. The operative technique will depend on your physical features however, with one of the most common techniques a small incision is made in the back of the ear to expose the ear cartilage. The cartilage is then sculpted to create a more pronounced fold in the central portion of the ear. Non removable stitches may be used to help maintain a new shape.
Immediately following surgery a bandage will be applied and left in place for a couple of days. After the bandage is removed this will be replaced with a lighter headband. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days.
Do not expect both ears to match