American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

Risks and Safety

The decision to have ear surgery is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and its risks.

The risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent pain
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Allergies to tape, suture materials, glues, blood products, topical preparations, or injected agents

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.


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