ear reshaping surgery - the procedure

Before your ear reshaping surgery we would recommend that you wash your hair the evening before surgery. The bandage will be on for 7-10 days continuously and during this time you will not be able to wash your hair.

If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.


The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room prior to surgery and may mark the ears with a pen in preparation for your ear reshaping surgery. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

going home after ear reshaping surgery

There may be some residual bruising after your ear reshaping surgery, but the scars will now be well hidden behind the ears.

You should avoid sleeping on your sides in order to reduce ear pressure.

Once the bandages and any sutures are removed, we recommend regular hair washes/showers to clean behind the ear - avoiding rubbing, as the ear will remain tender for a while.

For further 7-10 nights we recommend you wear a sports headband to protect the ears whilst in bed.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.

You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from ear reshaping Surgery

The surgery itself is simple and the recovery period is therefore usually fairly short. Patients are required to wear a bandage around the head for one week after the procedure to ensure that the ears and stitches are protected from knocks and the risk of infection. After a week the stitches will be removed and you will be able to see the results immediately

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