What complications may occur?

Following surgery, the ears may bleed a little. You should return to the hospital if there are any signs of significant bleeding. Occasionally, the wound may become infected. This may present as pain, swelling and discharge from the area. If this occurs, you should return to the hospital. Children with an infection may feel generally unwell without any specific signs. In the majority of cases, antibiotics will result in resolution of the problem. Scarring may develop over the weeks following surgery. In the majority of cases, the scar is well healed and almost invisible. However, approximately 1-2% of patients will develop a hypertrophic scar that is raised and obvious. It is almost impossible to predict who will develop this scar. They may be difficult to treat and require further surgery and or treatment. Finally, some patients are disappointed after surgery feeling that the ears have been over corrected or under corrected. In addition, some people may feel that there is ongoing asymmetry where one side is slightly different to the other. Reoperation for these problems is best deferred for at least 12-18 months to allow the scars to mature and for the final appearance to become obvious.

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