Ear surgery is individualised to the degree of deformity. Prominent ear correction is most commonly performed in children, when the ear cartilages are softer and easier to mould. These procedures may be performed in teenagers and adults, however, the firmer cartilage may not allow the same degree of reshaping.
Results are permanent and minor adjustment may be required in a small portion of cases. Significant complications are rare, and even if only one ear is more prominent, surgery may be performed on both ears to improve alignment.
Activities that risk bending or causing pain to the ears should be avoided. To protect and maintain the ear’s new shape, a head bandage is worn full-time for the first 6 weeks, and then only when sleeping for another 6 weeks. You may return to school or work after 1 week, recommence gentle exercise after 3-4 weeks, and wear earrings 6-8 weeks after your procedure. Ideal candidates for otoplasty ear surgery are fit, do not smoke or have a history of keloid scarring, are not take blood-thinning medication, and have realistic expectations.
Following your otoplasty, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF.