After Otoplasty

Instructions

Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.

Get plenty of rest.

Follow balanced diet.

Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.

Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.

Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.

If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.

Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Activities

Usually, you will be up and around a few hours after surgery.

Start walking as soon as possible, as this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).

Children can go back to school after 7 days, if they are careful about playground activity.

Adults can go back to work approximately 5 days after surgery, depending upon the occupation.

You may resume full social activities in 5-10 days.

Avoid any activity in which the ear might be bent for approximately a month.

You may resume strenuous activity and contact sports in 1-2 months.

Incision Care

You may shower 48 hours after removal of the drainage tubes.

Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).

Keep steri-strips on; replace if they come off.

Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.

Wear dressings and bandages for 3-4 days. After that, wear a clean headband at night for 3-6 weeks.

You may shampoo your hair in 5 days, or as advised by your doctor.

What to Expect

Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness and numbness.

Large pressure dressings and bandages are applied around the ears and head, turban style.

Some swelling and bruising may last 10-14 days.

Some numbness may exist around the operative areas.

Tenderness could last up to 3 months.

Appearance

Usually, there will be a faint scar in the back of the ear that will eventually fade.

Do not expect both ears to match perfectly, as perfect symmetry is unlikely and unnatural in ears.

Follow-Up Care

All sutures are removed, or will dissolve, in 1-2 weeks.

When to Call

Any concerns our doctor and staff are available 24/7.