1. The patient should understand that in the rare event of a stitch failure, by unraveling of the knot or suture breakage, a replacement stitch may be necessary to re-establish aesthetic contours.
2. Preoperative photos using standard lighting should be obtained to provide photo documentation of the ears.
3. Only those areas which can be brought into aesthetic compliance through cartilage bending will be correctable. Other problems related to cartilage or soft tissue volume problems should be addressed with other techniques.