After every operation there is a possibility of developing bleeding or an infection. These present themselves through pain, swelling, redness and in case of infection; pus seeping through the wound. Bruising can occur, usually in combination with swelling. Long term hypersensitive ears in cold weather can occur which eventually disappears. Some people heal better than others, some of which may develop hypertrophic scars. These thick scars need to be treated with steroid injections. Nevertheless, the scars are not noticeable because of their position behind the ear. On a rare occasion, the memory of the cartilage is so strong that the ears return more or less to their original shape.
A second correction is then needed whereby a more aggressive approach is taken to remodel the cartilage. It is important to have realistic expectations.
You can expect a clear improvement but not perfection. Absolute symmetry is virtually impossible, but if the difference is significant a second procedure maybe necessary.