• Tips for Otoplasty Surgery Preparation and Recovery

Tips for Otoplasty Surgery Preparation and Recovery

Otoplasty is a relatively simple and easy procedure to recover from. It has a high rate of satisfaction and can be performed on people of all ages. The things that you do to recover are simple to perform and don’t interfere with everyday life for long.

Ear Reshaping

The first 24 hours

Your ears will appear large and swollen initially. A compressive garment should be worn, and it will be about as tight as a headband or ski band. The swelling is from bruising, which will take some time to subside. You will have to adjust the way you sleep during recovery to prevent uneven healing of the ears.

From 24 to 72 hours

The bulk of the swelling will dissipate, and the patient will wear the headband as much as possible. Some doctors may apply a head dressing from the start, which will not be removed at this time.

From 72 hours to the end of the first week

The head dressing will be removed and patients can shower and wash their hair. During this time, the ears are still vulnerable to tearing, so a beanie or headband should be worn at night. If the sutures aren’t dissolvable, they may be removed during this time frame. Patients can go back to school or resume work.

The second, third, and fourth week

Most of the swelling is gone and the sutures are not visible. Your ears will look close to how they’ll settle within a few months. At this point, most patients are very comfortable with their appearances. Exercise is permitted, but contact sports should not be allowed. Tearing is still possible, so take care when pulling shirts and sweaters off and on.

Second and third month

Healing should be mostly complete. Contact sports can be resumed. You should notice a slimmer profile for the ears now. Revisions are rarely requested or necessary.

Pain and bruising

There is some bruising from the procedure. The doctor may or may not prescribe medicine for the pain, but this should not be a problem. A general anesthesia is sometimes used however local anesthesia is more common, which gives you an idea of how non-invasive the procedure is.

July 1, 2014
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