Wait 3 Weeks for Strenuous Exercise After Otoplasty
This is a great
question. At my San Francisco facial cosmetic surgery practice, I typically
remove a patient's bandages 2 to 3 days after otoplasty. However, I recommend
taking it easy and avoiding strenuous exercise (such as CrossFit) for 3 weeks
after surgery. While you'll be ready to debut the new you much sooner, you will
want to protect your sutures and keep the area clean and dry as much as possible.
Watch the above video to learn more about the placement of otoplasty sutures,
and check out the recovery timeline on my website. By the way, good for you for
keeping such a dedicated exercise routine!
In most cases, patients who undergo an otoplasty procedure are able to resume normal activities in a week or so, though it's recommended they continue to avoid strenuous activities until their ear has completely healed. Typically, I recommend that patients refrain from exercising and sports until three months after surgery, though you should speak with your surgeon to determine a recovery timeline that is appropriate for you.
I would say that it is fairly routine to have the head bandage removed about 2-4 days after otoplasty. When you go in to have the bandage removed you should ask when you can resume exercise. Your surgeon may have a particular time frame that he or she likes to follow for exercise after surgery and it is always best to follow the advice of your surgeon since he or she has the most information in regards to you and your procedure.