If you are considering otoplasty for yourself or your child, you likely want to know what to expect during the recovery period. Parents who are considering ear reshaping or pinning for their child are often particularly worried about pain levels and downtime for their children. The good news is that most people find the recovery following their cosmetic ear surgery to be relatively easy.
At Beverly Hills Profiles, we have observed very high levels of patient satisfaction after ear surgery. For many adults, this surgery is something they have considered for their entire life and they are very eager to see the results. Children, who are particularly vulnerable to cruel playground taunts, are often relieved that they are undergoing the surgery. Perhaps it is for these reasons that many of our patients breeze through the recovery period with little complaint.
Below we’ve outlined the recovery process following otoplasty. We’ve also included 5 tips to help make the recovery process as easy and pain free as possible.
After the surgery, our doctors will carefully wrap the patient’s head and ears with fluff bandages, a special type of cotton padding that is used to protect the ears during the initial stages of healing. A compression bandage will be placed on top to keep the fluff bandages in place and help reduce swelling. These bandages will remain in place for 24 hours.
1 – 3 days after surgery
Our doctor will examine the patient about 24 hours after surgery and remove the initial bandages. A soft headband will be used by the patient and he or she will be asked to wear it continuously as much as possible for the next week, until the majority of the swelling has dissipated.
3 – 7 days after surgery
Most patients feel comfortable returning to work or school within this time period. When you feel ready will depend upon hairstyle (longer hair will cover any lingering bruising) and activity level at work or school. Bruising is not usually a significant feature of otoplasty recovery.
1 – 2 weeks after surgery
Most patients feel completely comfortable with the appearance of their ears by the end of the second week and have no concerns appearing in public.
3 months after surgery
All swelling has dissipated and the final appearance of the ears can be seen.
At Beverly Hills Profiles, we have performed countless numbers of otoplasties over the years. Based on this experience, we have compiled 5 tips to help you achieve the best results and recover from your ear surgery faster.
If you have any questions about otoplasty or the recovery period after surgery, please get in touch with our team. We are happy to discuss the surgery with you and answer any questions you may have.