Ear Correction (Otoplasty/Pinnaplasty) Side Effects & Risks


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Any surgery holds certain risks, and the type of aneasthetic can affect people in lots of adverse ways.  It is important that you discuss any former medical problems with your surgeon and are truthful about your health and lifestyle.  By doing this you are placing yourself at as low a risk as possible. 

Blood Clots after Ear Correction

Sometimes people can develop blood clots around the area of the incisions, although this is quite rare.  This can occur because of bleeding under the skin, and usually will disperse naturally.  Sometimes, however, they will need to be removed by your surgeon. 

Nausea after Ear Correction

Sometimes the anaesthetic can make you feel quite unwell and lead to dizziness and vomiting.  This is quite a normal reaction, if a slightly unnerving one.   Whether this will occur or not will depend on the type of aneasthetic you have, and is quite an individual response that you will not be able to predict.

Infection after Ear Correction

Because of the nature of surgery, there is always a risk of infection.  This might cause problems within the ear area, possibly leading to deformities as extra scar tissue forms.  Infections can be easily treated with antibiotics, but it is important to talk to your surgeon or doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have an ear infection.  If left, infections can have serious implications.

Pain in the Ears after Ear Correction

Your ears are likely to be painful after having been moved or reduced.  Your surgeon is likely to provide you with pain relief or give you advice on which painkillers you will be able to buy over the counter. 

Numbness after Ear Correction

Sometimes patients report a loss of feeling in the areas and around their ears.  This might be due to nerve damage but usually normal sensations do return even if this takes up to a year.  Sometimes, however, this numbness has become permanent. 

Scarring after Ear Correction

This is minimal and usually hidden behind your ears.  Scars, however, will be life-long and sometimes might need further surgery, for example if an infection has made them bigger than normal.

There are risks involved in having ear correction surgery, although when compared to other surgeries, or even everyday choices, these risks are minimal.  Your surgeon will discuss any problems or queries that you might have with regard to side effects and risks so that you are properly informed before you have your surgery. As long as you follow their advice and are completely honest about any health issues that you have, you aren’t likely to experience any adverse side effects. 


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