The vast majority of otoplasty patients recover quickly and experience minimal disruption to their day to day lives. Patients typically wear a large head dressing for the first 2 to 5 days after surgery. Patients are then switched to a compressive head band which is worn around the clock for three weeks. At this point, they are required to wear the head band for an additional three weeks at night. This helps avoid trauma to the ear from abnormal folding which can occur while the ear is still numb.
Scars are well hidden and rarely delay the resumption of normal activities. Sutures are typically removed in 7 to 10 days following the procedure. Swelling usually resolves quickly, but in some cases may persist for up to 3 months.
Resumption of athletics is dependent upon the activity and the potential for trauma to the ear. Most sports can be resumed in 6 to 8 weeks, although rarely 3 to 4 months may be indicated when the risk of ear trauma is high.
This procedure is associated with high satisfaction rates and minimal complications. If you’re considering otoplasty consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to help formulate an appropriate treatment plan for you.