After Otoplasty

Points to take into consideration after Operation

After the surgery, bulky bandages around your head, enclosing your ears will need to be worn. The purpose here is to prevent formation of edema at the operation area and to preserve sutures on your ears. If the surgery is carried out under general anesthesia, it would be better to spend the first night in the hospital.

Any pain following the surgery may be killed by taking some simple pain-killers. There may be swelling and redness after the surgery, however at the end of the first week these will regress. Sutures behind the ears will be removed at the end of the first week.

If you have the habit of sleeping on your side at night, your regular sleep routine may be disturbed. Because lying on your back for the first week will protect you against all kinds of trauma to the ear.

In order to preserve the sutures and in order for the new shape to settle, bandages will be used after the surgery. Head bandages will be removed in a few days and replaced with lighted bandages or headbands will be used. You should protect your ears against all impact for 2–3 weeks and any activity in which the ear might bend should be avoided. Seeking for perfect symmetry of both ears may be a little unrealistic. Even people without prominent ears don’t have that perfect ear model.

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