Otoplasty Recovery Time
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What was your recovery time after an otoplasty? How long did it take to heal from the ear surgery?
There are various phases during the recovery process of a well executed otoplasty performed by a surgeon with expertise in ear reshaping:
- First 24 hours- Patient wears a mild compressive garment on the head. Patient ear appear larger and more swollen than ideal
- 24 to 72 hours- Patient wears headband over ears as much as possible. Majority of swelling begins to dissipate
- 72 hours to First Week- Some patients will be able to return to work depending on their hairstyle and comfort with swelling in ear and duties at work
- First Week to Second Week- Most patients feel comfortable in social situations with ears
- Three Months-Swelling Completely subsided
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What is the Recover Time for an Otoplasty?
The recovery time for an otoplasy is in stages.
The head dressing comes off after three to five days. At this time there will still be some swelling, but most adults can go to work without a dressing.
However, at night, for six to eight weeks they must wear a protective head band, or sweat band to prevent the ears from inadvertently being pulled or folded during sleep.
You are permitted to do exercise after a month, but should avoid heavy lifting for about eight to ten weeks.
Even after ten weeks after otoplasty it is still possible to tear or disrupt the repair with forceful pulling of the ear.
Ear Reshaping (Otoplasty) Recovery Time and Care
Otoplasty or ear reshaping is one of the most rewarding plastic surgery procedure for both the patient and the surgeon.
Below is my protocol that I have found to lead to good and predictable results:
- Typically we place a compressive bandage on the ear for 24 hours and patients are encouraged to wear a light head band (like ski band around their ears for one to two weeks.
- Typically the sutures are resorbable and do not need to be removed.
- Usually patient can do their activity of daily living. No heavy activities for few weeks.
- Patients can go back to work in a few days.
- Generally satisfactory healing and assessment of results at 3 months.
- The results are very obvious quickly after surgery once the dressing is removed.
Revisions are possible but rare.
Hope this is helpful.
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Otoplasty is a procedure with a very high rate of...
Otoplasty is a procedure with a very high rate of patient satisfaction. Most adult patients have wanted the procedure since being teased as a child; most children willingly undergo the procedure because the cruel taunts are still fresh.
When performed properly, the results are most natural and no one should be able to tell that the patient had anything done.
- A head wrap bandage is worn from 3 to 5 days following the surgery.
- Sutures are removed from behind the ears on the 5’Th to 7’Th day.
- After five days, patients are pretty much healed, although the ears still need to be protected.
- When sleeping or when home we advise to wear a snug headband over the ears so that the ears don't accidentally get "bent out of shape" for about three weeks after the surgery.
- Contact sports should be avoided for about one month, but working out can start after about 10 days.
Good luck. Dr. P
Recovering from Otoplasty
Most patients recover from otoplasty and can go back to work by one week. Children will need at least 5 days out of school for the procedure. There is a head dressing that is placed at the time of surgery and this stays in place for 3-5 days to ensure that no bleeding occurs between the skin and cartilage that could disrupt the result. Sutures are removed at one week.
In adddition, patients need to wear a headband at night for one month to prevent the ear from accidentally being pulled forward. Even after that time, it is important to prevent inadvertent injury to the ear. There will be swelling and mild bruising that usually goes away within one week. Occasionally swelling can persist for longer. There will also be numbness around the ear which usually returns within 4 weeks but may persist for 3-6 months.
Otoplasty Recovery Time
Recovery time after an otoplasty lasts for about one to two weeks and involves wearing a full head bandage. Throbbing in the ears can last for a few days but can be remedied with medication. Stitches are typically removed after about a week. You can most likely resume work after about five days.
Most patients need only one week off work/school for recovery from a setback otoplasty.
For three months after surgery they should wear a headband at night to prevent the ears from pulling forward.
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Otoplasty in children in Australia
Otoplasty for prominent ears is a common procedure performed in Australia. Plastic surgical techniques using suture-only repositioning make this very comfortable for children and minimise bruising. To support this less invasive surgical procedure, I recommend support with a headband for 1 week full time and a total of up to 6 weeks just at night. Children are delighted with the result and the freedom from teasing.
Recovery from ear pinning and ear surgery is relatively simple. Most patients will experience moderate swelling and bruising of the ears for up to a week. During this first week, I usually recommend patients sleep with their head elevated to speed resolution of bruising and swelling. After approximately one week, the newly created intricate concavities and convexities can start to be appreciated. Patients are usually asked to wear a bulky bandage over the ears for one week, often followed by a "head-band" or pressure dressing for four to six weeks. Depending on location, sutures are removed at two to four weeks.
Web reference: http://www.jaimeperezmd.com
Ear pinning or otoplasty recovery time.
Otoplasty typically requires about 7 to 10 days for a full recover and even after this period there is some mild residual swelling that will resolve more slowly. Healing can depend on how large the surgery was. If it's simply a matter of making the upper half an ear appear less cupped, you're looking at around a week. If the entire ear needs to be set back and a cupped or lopped ear set back as well you're looking more at 10 days. Your physical activity with contact sports will be limited for about 2 to 3 weeks. The first 24 hours after surgery you will have a larger dressing over your ear and for the next 3 to 7 days you may be wearing a garment over your ears. The incisions behind the ear heal quickly and the suture are out in 7 to 8 days, sometimes sooner.
This surgery can be performed under local anesthesia and the pain afterwards rarely requires more than tylenol or motrin. If you do have significant pain, call your doctor.
Best of luck
Chase Lay, MD
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