Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. (May be eligible for a Medicare rebate)
Young children: usually a general. Older children or adults: general or local with sedation.
In / OutPatient
Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.
Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion requiring repeat surgery.
Back to work/school: 5-7days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1-2 months.