It’s not unusual for younger patients who undergo otoplasty to participate in sports. These patients are usually eager to return to athletics as soon as possible following otoplasty. In most cases patients are advised to avoid contact sports for 6-8 weeks and non-contact sports for 2 to 3 weeks following otoplasty.
Boxing, kick boxing and wrestling represent special situations since the ears can suffer significant trauma with these sports. For this reason, these sports should not be resumed for 3 to 4 months following surgery and head gear should be worn whenever possible.
If you’re an athlete who’s considering otoplasty, it’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to give you specific information about when it’s safe to participate in sports.