Otoplasty, more commonly referred to as ear surgery, is a common procedure for repositioning and reshaping prominent, unattractive ears. When the ears stick out, especially in childhood, the patient may be the target of teasing or ridicule and may have experiences that can lower self-esteem and lead to emotional trauma.
Recovery from Ear Pinning
After surgery, the doctor may apply a compression bandage or an ear bolster to keep the ears drained of excess fluid and to allow the skin to remain appropriately positioned and shaped over the cartilage. Patients may experience swelling, tenderness or numbness at the incision sites, but this typically resolves quickly. Pain medication is available to ensure your maximum comfort. It’s important to explain to younger patients that they cannot scratch, play with, or otherwise disturb their ears during the recovery process.
Sutures will be removed within 10-14 days. Until this time, it’s a good idea to refrain from sleeping on one’s side and to also avoid rigorous sports or exercise.
A normal school or work schedule can usually be resumed within 2 weeks. Although it may take time for the scars to fade along with any redness, the fantastic results from your otoplasty are permanent.