When Will I See Final Results from Otoplasty?

when will i see the final results ? i had the procedure done 12days ago. thank you

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Results of Otoplasty

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The results of otoplasty will be event immediately in terms of improvement of the protruding ears, and correction of the unfolded helix.  

However, the results otoplasty for ear deformities such as protruding prominent ears, or unfurled helix will change as the swelling goes down over a period of several weeks.

The final results will take up to a year or more depending on the nature and extent of the surgery.

New York Plastic Surgeon

It takes about 3 months to see a stable result after otoplasty (ear pinning surgery)

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Generally speaking, it takes about 3 months to see a stable result after otoplasty (ear pinning surgery)

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Otoplasty Results

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Results of Otoplasty (Ear pinning and refinement) are seen soon after the surgery. The swelling of the ear does not hide the new position closer to the side of the head and although there is some swelling you should be able to see a clear anti helical fold - if that is what prompted the surgery. The result will get better with time so at 6 weeks or so you will see a nice result.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Final Results Following Otoplasty

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For the first few weeks following otoplasty you may experience swelling. It will take about 3-6 months for you to see your final results.

Final Results Following Otoplasty: 3-6 Months

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The moment surgical dressings are removed following otoplasty patients will notice dramatic changes in the appearance of their ears.  They will immediately notice differences in the shape and contour of the ears.

Initially, the ears will be swollen, numb, red and bruised.  This will improve significantly in the first 6 to 8 weeks following surgery.  Residual swelling may persist for 3 to 6 months following surgery, but in most cases won’t be noticeable.  At 3 to 6 months you should be able to see your final result.

Otoplasty results (Australia)

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Immediately after the head band dressing is removed following surgery, you or your child will notice the change.

After 6 weeks you will have a very close idea of the likely final outcome of your ear surgery.  There will still be some mild swelling at this time that will settle -and you will still need to care for the small scar on the back of the ear to ensure the best results .

Roger Woods, MD
Adelaide Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty Results

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Your results from the otoplasty procedure will be seen immediately. Once the bandage comes of you will be able to see that your ears no longer protrude. Swelling does occur and often can cause some distortion of the entire ear. It can take several months for the very final shape to be seen but this is really just milimeter changes, however in some cases this does make a difference.

View the video testimonial link below to see a patient 2 months after her otoplasty surgery with her discussion on the recovery and the results.

Jacob D. Steiger, MD
Boca Raton Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

After swelling has subsided

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Great question! After all your swelling and proper normal tissue healing has occurred you should start to see results at week 2. It is very important to keep in mind that your ears may not look 100% symmetrical. Most ears are uniquely asymmetric to begin with.

David C. Mabrie, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

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