Ear Surgery. The appearance of ears that protrude ("bat ears" or "prominent ears") can be improved with surgery. The operation is often carried out in children, but is more commonly performed at teenage level, and in adults too. For children, general anaesthetic is required. Local anaesthetic is usually well tolerated by children over 10 or so, teenagers and adults.
The surgery is done through incisions behind the ears, through which the cartilage skeleton of the ear can be reshaped. The surgery takes about 1.5 hours.
After surgery, a head bandage is worn for 1 week. When the bandage is removed, some bruising and swelling are still evident. Pain is usually minor and is managed with Panadol. Sometimes the ears are uncomfortable to lie on for some weeks after the operation.