Prominent ear correction carries a high satisfaction rate.
The procedure has the following risks associated:
Bleeding – Uncommon with techniques that use stitches to remould the ear cartilage. If undetected can put pressure on the skin and cause delayed healing or loss of skin and subsequent ear deformity.
Infection – Relatively uncommon and may require treatment with antibiotics. Rarely, a severe infection can lead to pain and ear deformity.
Delayed wound healing – Again uncommon but can result in the wound opening up and not healing properly.
Scars – Usually settle very well and hidden behind the ear. Rarely can be thickened and itchy (Keloid scar) and occurs in patients predisposed to this kind of scarring.
Under correction – Not “pinning” the ear far back enough.
Asymmetry – You should expect minor degrees of asymmetry – this is normal.
Recurrence – A degree of recurrence can occur if the stitches fail.
Suture extrusion – The internal stitches used to correct prominent ears are buried and not dissolvable. In a small number of patients, they may be able to feel the knot of the suture or the stitch can protrude through the skin. If this occurs after 6 months, the stitch can be safely removed with a simple 5-minute procedure under local anaesthetic.
Revision – A small number of patients (approx. 5-10%) may require further surgery to correct residual problems.