Asymmetry after ear surgery
Judging from these pictures, there appears to be some assymetry, but it is very early after your procedure. We don't know if cartilage was resected or sutures were used to deproject your ears. At any rate, this also can be related to the dressing compression. I would definetly address this with your surgeon who I'm certain wants to do well by you. If you feel that waiting a week to return feels too long , I would encourage you to call sooner and speak to someone, they should be receptive to that.
At 5 days post surgery you will not have a
clear representation of your final result – primarily because of swelling.
Depending on the way the bandaging was applied it can cause some minor
asymmetries between the left and right sides and also give a ‘squished
appearance’. This usually settles over the first few weeks after the bandages
are removed. It is important to rule out a hematoma (blood collection under the
skin) that can contribute to asymmetries but from your images I cannot see an
obvious hematoma. Your surgeon will check for this at your post operative visit.
Not infrequently there can be a gathering of skin on the anterior surface of
the ear that has been pinned which can take several months before it contracts
and settles. Without seeing your pre-operative images it is difficult to assess
if you had any asymmetries that could influence your postoperative results. Regards Dr. Watts
Nothing can be said about the final result until all the post-operative swelling has disappeared. I recommend that you wait at least 3 months and then post new photos of your ears from the front, the back and the sides. The photos from the front and back should be taken exactly from the middle of the head and both ears should be visible at the same time.
The left ear before and after photos are needed to comment on the surgery. Can you post a preoperative photo? Regards, Dr. Weiss
Swelling after Otoplasty (ear pinning)
The swelling after otoplasty can take several weeks to resolve. There can be asymmetry of the ears following surgery that can persist until the swelling is all gone. The good news is that waiting for the swelling to go down will not affect the final result--even if you end up needing any further surgery. Being patient after surgery is one of the most difficult things to do. Hang in there and you should be fine!