Surgery begins with a small incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head. Cartilage and skin is sculpted to achieve the right effect. In some cases, the cartilage is trimmed, shaping into a more desirable form, and then pulled back with permanent sutures to secure it in place. After sculpting the cartilage to the desired shape, a dressing will be applied to the ears to protect the surgery.
Soft dressings applied to the ear will remain for a few days. Most patients experience some mild discomfort. If you are accustomed to sleeping on your side, your sleep patterns may be disrupted for a week or so because you cannot put any pressure on the ear areas. Headbands are sometimes recommended to hold the ears in the desired position for several weeks after surgery.