Patients Can Achieve Full Otoplasty Recovery Within Six Weeks

If you have decided to undergo surgery due to the shape, size, or position of your ears, knowing what to expect after your procedure can help you enjoy a comfortable, successful otoplasty recovery. Dr. Dustin Heringer is an oculofacial plastic and cosmetic surgeon who uses advanced surgical techniques and has earned membership in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. With his comprehensive aftercare instructions and intensive follow-up appointments, patients in Scottsdale, AZ, can enjoy the benefits of otoplasty sooner than ever before. Otoplasty boasts a comparatively quick recovery, and most patients can resume normal activities after one week and achieve a full recovery after six weeks. 

What to Expect Immediately After Otoplasty

When your otoplasty is complete, your head will be bandaged with thick, padded cotton gauze. When you arrive home from your surgery, be sure to drink plenty of water and rest as much as possible. Discomfort is typical during this time. However, tenderness can be alleviated with a combination of prescription medications and over-the-counter pain relievers. 

In the Weeks After Surgery 

A few days after surgery, you can switch your dressing out for a thinner bandage which will be worn for about one week. Swelling is also a normal aspect of healing and will begin to slowly decrease around the third day after surgery. Eventually, you will transition from bandages into a soft headband which holds your ears in their proper positions. Most of the post-operative swelling should also disappear one or two weeks after surgery. 

Most patients can resume their normal routines approximately one week after their otoplasty.

How to Expedite Your Recovery Time

To ensure a safe recovery and reduce the risk of complications, be sure to closely follow the post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Heringer. This will expedite your healing and reduce your level of discomfort. As part of your post-operative instructions, Dr. Heringer may ask you to: 

  • Avoid any strenuous activity until your recovery is complete, as exercise or heavy lifting can lead to increased bleeding, swelling, and discomfort
  • Do not use shampoo for the first week of recovery
  • Elevate your head during sleep to reduce inflammation
  • Avoid sleeping on your side

Additionally, choosing a highly trained plastic surgeon can ensure positive post-surgical outcomes. Because Dr. Heringer utilizes the latest surgical techniques and technology, patients at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery can enjoy minimized recovery time. 

A woman sleeping with her head elevated

Dr. Heringer will provide detailed post-operative instructions to help expedite your recovery.

When to Return to Work or School

Most normal routines can be resumed approximately one week after your otoplasty. This includes going back to work or school. However, excessive activity should still be avoided, especially for young patients. Children should not participate in athletic activities or gym class until Dr. Heringer has cleared them. Additionally, adults who have more labor-intensive jobs will need to take more than one week off of work to recover. Although patients can resume work or school fairly early following their treatment, recovery will continue on for several weeks. In most cases, it can take up to six weeks for you to achieve your full recovery and desired results.

Learn More about Otoplasty Recovery

If you are about to undergo otoplasty, understanding the recovery process and choosing a highly trained surgeon is crucial to achieve successful results. During your recovery, our personable and attentive team is always accessible to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or give us a call at (480) 949-5990.

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