About The Procedure
procedure is performed through an incision in the natural fold behind the ear
where it joins the head. The surgeon removes the necessary amount of cartilage
and skin to achieve the desired effect. In some instances, the surgeon will
trim the cartilage, shaping it into a more desirable form and pin the cartilage
back with permanent sutures. In other cases, the surgeon will not remove any
cartilage at all. Stitches will be used to hold the cartilage permanently in
the surgery, soft dressings are applied to the ears and will remain in place
for 72 hours, after which an athletic headband is worn as much as possible for
10 days. Most patients report little discomfort after surgery. Sleeping patterns
may be disrupted for a week or so since no pressure can be placed on the ears.
The results of ear surgery are permanent. Patients report a stronger
self-image and self-esteem, and many say they are happy to be able to wear
their hair in a wider range of styles because they no longer feel the need to
hide their ears.