In most cases, ear surgery will leave a faint scar in the back of the ear that will fade with time. Even when only one ear appears to protrude, surgery is usually performed on both ears for a better balance. Stitches are usually removed, or will dissolve, in about a week.
Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, if they're careful about playground activity.
Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. Though no surgery can predict perfect symmetry (and no person is perfectly symmetrical), once you have discussed the procedure and your expectations with Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson before the operation, chances are that in his expert hands you'll be quite pleased with the result.