All surgeries have the standard risks of bleeding, infection, nerve damage, or unmet expectations. More specific to Otoplasty is under or over correcting the ear distance from the head. Most overcorrect slightly as there is usually some relaxation of the correction. Unfolding or recurrence of the prominence is probably the most common problem in the long run.
Ear reshaping can be done for adults as well as for children. With adults, it is important to know that the ear is fully developed, and will not remold after surgery as easily as the softer cartilage that children have. The procedure is performed in our In Office Surgery suite under local and oral sedation; no general anesthesia is needed. The patient and family can actually see the changes and help in deciding the amount of correction.