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The Risks of Ear Correction Surgery

Some risks that are rare but sometimes do occur with ear correction surgery include bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, numbness and an alteration in sensitivity, scarring and asymmetry. The most frequently reported side effect of ear correction surgery is numbness and less sensitivity in the ear for the first few months following the surgery.

Infection

Developing an infection after having an ear correction procedure is infrequent but does sometimes occur anytime up to three weeks following the surgery. An infection can cause tenderness to the skin as well as redness and swelling. An infection can easily be treated by way of antibiotics.

Bleeding

Bleeding only occurs in two percent of ear correction surgeries but it can be a concern anyway from one to ten days following the surgery. It is recommended that patients avoid activities that can raise their blood pressure during this period of time such as engaging in strenuous exercise, bending over a lot and lifting anything over ten pounds.

Scarring

In most cases of ear correction surgery the scars are behind the ears and after they begin to mature and settle they leave a pale flat line that is not easy to see. On occasion scars do not heal in a flattering way and end up looking wide, red, raised and downright unattractive. Sometimes they even itch. Ugly scarring happens approximately two percent of the time and is most likely to occur in people who are young and dark in skin tone.

Breakdown of Wounds

After the surgery the skin at the front of the ear will be numb and lacking in sensation. For this reason is it essential not to lie down on the ears or put any type of pressure on them as doing so can cause the development of small ulcers or sores. The good news is that these sores will more than likely heal and disappear of their own accord. Only an estimated two percent of patients suffer from wound breakdown.

Numbness of Skin

The skin that is in the front of the ears is often numb after ear correction surgery and while this generally improves with the passage of time, in some patients it can become a permanent state. Once the nerves in the ears begin to regain their ability to sense stimuli it is common to feel occasional sharp, shooting pains go through the ears, which are comparable to getting an electric shock. Although it may be disconcerting to experience, this is actually a good sign that the ears are gaining sensation again and that the nerves are going back to their normal state. In some patients the "electric shock feeling" can continue for up to a year and a half after the surgery was performed.

Pigmentation

In some cases the ear will darken in color slightly and this could happen any time in the 12 months following the surgery. In order to decrease the chances that this could happen to you, keep your exposure to the sun at a minimum for the first few months after your surgery.

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