Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a procedure to reconstruct or enhance the appearance of the ears. Some patients may opt for reconstructive ear surgery to correct microtia, a congenital deformity that prevents the outer ear from fully developing. However, there are many other reasons a patient may choose otoplasty, such as for pinning the ears, improving hearing, and reducing the size of the ear or ears.
No matter the reason, following these steps can help you along your journey to recovery from otoplasty.
What Is the Timeline for Otoplasty Recovery?
Following the procedure, you may be experiencing pain, discomfort, or swelling. During this time, it’s important to get plenty of rest and be sure you are staying hydrated. Be sure to keep the dressings on your ear to prevent direct contact between your ears and other objects, which may cause pain or irritation.
Over the next few days, the swelling and pain should begin to subside. And, by the end of the first week, you should be able to return to work — unless your job requires more strenuous activity.
By the second week, you will likely feel comfortable enough to return to most or all of your daily activities, including exercise and work.
Tips for Caring for Your Ears
Avoid Touching Your Ears
For the first week or so, it’s important to avoid touching or rubbing your ears, as this can cause serious pain and discomfort. It also avoids an infection in the surgical site. Only touch your ears to clean the site or replace the dressings as needed. You should also try to sleep on your back to avoid friction with your bed or pillows.
Wear a Headband
You may not realize how often the ears can get caught up in daily activities such as brushing your hair, sleeping, and putting on clothing. Wearing a headband can prevent the ears from being bent or bumped and ensure your recovery goes smoothly.
Keep the Head Elevated
By keeping your head elevated, you can minimize the swelling in your ears, especially while sleeping. Furthermore, try to avoid bending over or actions that may require leaning forward.
Contact Romo Plastic Surgery for More Information
If you are interested in otoplasty or microtia surgery in New York, NY, or have had the procedure and need information on recovery, contact Romo Plastic Surgery. Contact the office at 212-288-1500 or submit an appointment request form.