Ear reshapingRisks and complications


In terms of anaesthesia related risks, when the operation is carried out using a local anaesthetic, the problems are mostly associated with allergy.

It is important to mention to your surgeon whether you had any such adverse reactions in the past so that the plan can be tailored to your needs.


The risk of bleeding is common to all surgical interventions and is relatively low in association with otoplasty. If it happens, one side will swell up more than the other and become more painful.

Such a problem needs to be brought to the attention of your surgeon promptly in order to be addressed and avoid a more prolonged recovery.


Infection is a risk even in the presence of antibiotic treatment. Redness around the ear increasing pain or temperature are signs of possible infection and would need to be discussed with your surgeon promptly.

Infection can damage the ear cartilages and needs to be controlled without delay.


A degree of asymmetry is inevitable after this type of surgery. In the first three months during the recovery period the ears set themselves a little bit more prominent than where they were left when the surgery was finished.

This change in shape is normal, and typically is incorporated in the surgical plan by creating a stronger initial correction. However, a more significant prominence on either side may require a further operation that improves the symmetry and the shape of the ears.

An element of asymmetry is inevitable in relation to the size of the ears and their position against the head and prominence that this doesn't necessarily detract from a good aesthetic improvements after the surgery.


The scars behind the ears are fine and pliable in most people and the redness decreases within the first couple of months. There are however instances when the scar can become prominent and thick, also referred to as hypertrophic or keloid.

If you notice that the scar is building up, the sooner you bring it to the attention of your surgeon the better, as the are treatments that can stabilise it and make it return to normal. If these treatments are implemented early their effectiveness is better.

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