No surgery is without risk, but in general, no major complications are expected with this procedure.
Blood can collect beneath the skin of the ear, which may need to be drained. Infection, a risk after any operation, may also occur, although this too is rare. Scars usually fade until they are barely noticeable but in about two out of every hundred people, they can become thick and red. Rarely, a keloid scar may form and further treatment may be required. The operation may occasionally fail, in that the set back ear may protrude again necessitating a further operation.
The ears will be very sensitive to minor trauma or contact in the first six to eight weeks. Any knocks to the ears from playing contact sports, or playful blows from brothers or sisters, can cause discomfort out of all proportion to the strength of the blow. Care needs to be taken during this time.
Reduced sensitivity and numbness can occur in the ears. This may last as long as twelve months following surgery and on occasion may be permanent. Your ears may also turn deep red or purple when you go out in cold weather during the first few months.