An incision is made in the skin behind the ear. The cartilage of the ear will be reshaped by making a series of small incisions on the posterior aspect. Sometimes it is necessary to split the cartilage and to fold the ear back on itself. A number of permanent sutures are used to hold the cartilage in the correct position. Over time, it is possible that these sutures may become palpable beneath the skin on the posterior aspect of the ear. Recent modifications have helped to minimise this problem. Bandages are applied for a number of reasons – they absorb any blood in the area and help to keep the ear in the correct position. The skin is closed with soluble sutures that do not need to be removed.