The ear surgery is applied in cases of problems concerning the size, shape, and proportions of the ears. The surgery is usually applied for correcting prominent ears which result from insufficient development of ear folds or oversized cartilages.
The tissue on the back of the ear is incised in order to operate on the cartilage. The procedure involves removal of some skin behind the ear and re-shaping the cartilage to move the earlap closer to the side of the head. Then the incision is sutured. The surgery takes about an hour and the patient is discharged on the same day.
The surgery is usually done under general anaesthesia for children and local anaesthesia for adults.
The patient needs to wear a protective headband after the dressing has been removed for about a month.
The complications involve the development of scars, haematoma, and those associated with general anaesthesia.