Otoplasty means reshaping the ear. Between three and five percent of all people have prominent ears. Usually the outermost curve of the ear is unfolded. To repair this, sutures are placed in the cartilage framework of the ear and hidden under the skin. There is also a stitch in the skin to close the skin incision behind the ear.
Before the Surgery
It is a good idea for those with short hair to have it cut very short just above the ears. Wash your hair the night before surgery.
After The Operation
You will wake up with a head bandage. You will need to keep this on for one week. Please keep it dry. One week after surgery the bandage will be taken down and a single stitch from each ear removed. You may wash your hair but you will need to wear a headband (as squash and tennis players do) in bed at night to protect your ears for the first month.
Possible complications include:
- Eruption of the stitch through the skin
- Keloid formation
However, the vast majority of people who have their ears pinned back are very happy with the result