Recovery after Otoplasty After surgery you will have a large bandage wrapped around your head. It is meant to protect your new ears, keep them in their new position, and apply pressure to minimize the risk of bleeding. This bandage will be changed the following day. You will need to wear a bandage holding your ears back for a total of 7 days. You will also need to wear a head band to protect your ears while you sleep for the next four weeks. Once completely healed, the scars/incisions will be virtually un-noticeable.
What to Expect After Surgery
• You will have sutures and a turban style bandage covering the ears that will need to stay dry and covered until your follow up appointment 5 days after surgery.
• Hair can be washed 5 days after surgery.
• After the first follow up visit, a sports headband should be worn as much as possible for 2-3 weeks.
• Pain following an otoplasty is usually minimal and low grade analgesics are adequate for the first few days. Afterwards ears may be sensitive for a few weeks.
• The ears and surrounding skin may be bruised or discolored for up to 2 weeks.
• You will need to lie on your back when you sleep. If you are accustomed to sleeping on your side, then it may make your sleep schedule a little disrupted for the next couple of weeks. Keep your head elevated with 2 pillows.
• The cartilage is not firmly healed into position for 8-12 weeks following surgery. It is imperative that the ears are not forcefully pulled on or traumatized during this time period.
• Adults may be able to resume normal light activities 1 day following surgery, and full activities at 3 weeks.
• Children can return to school 1 week following surgery.
• Contact sports should be avoided for 6 weeks.
Who can benefit from Otoplasty?Patients with asymmetry/differences between the two ears. People with large protruding ears. If this applies to you, you may benefit from having your ears set back.
What are the risks of Otoplasty?Otoplasty is a surgical procedure. Like all surgical procedures, there are general risks. Please read our information page on potential risks. With regards to otoplasty, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account. These include breaking of the suture which can lead to recurrence of the ear protrusion, bleeding, and abnormal scarring. If any of these happen, you may need additional surgery.
Dr. Martin Jugenburg
Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute
100 Front St West, Toronto, ON, M5J1E3