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Prominent ear correction

Prominent ears if not corrected in childhood can be adjusted as an adult. It can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic and as a day case procedure. The surgery takes about 90 minutes. A head bandage (balaclava) is worn for a week following the operation when the suture is removed and then a head band is worn at night for 6 weeks to avoid the ear folding the wrong way when asleep. As stitches are used to fold the ear cartilage if there is any accidental trauma, infection or bleeding the suture may break and the prominence recur (up to 10%). This can be corrected some time later. Physical activity should be avoided for 6 weeks. Complications are uncommon but include recurrence (as mentioned) but also over-scarring such as keloid or hypertrophic scars.

More information can be found at the BAPRAS and BAAPS websites.

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