is performed via an incision behind the ear. In some cases some cartilage is removed. In all cases non-absorbable sutures are placed to reshape the cartilage. As many as 4 or 5 sutures may be placed in one ear. This is done the office operating room under local anesthesia with some additional pills given to relax the patient. A wrap around head dressing is worn for 1 or 2 days. After that a commercially available head band such as those worn while playing tennis is worn constantly for 1 month, except while bathing. This is because the sutures holding the cartilage in position are not that strong & the headband acts as an external splint to support the sutures thereby preventing rupture of the shaping sutures. After this month the headband should be worn intermittenly for example when sleeping or not out in public for 6 or more months. Because the shaping sutures frequently snap or loosen some minor adjustments or replacement of 1 or 2 sutures is frequently required. About 50% of patients need these additional smaller re-shaping procedures.
This procedure is cosmetic surgery & not covered by any health insurance. You can see some before & after photos on my website.