Is It Normal for an Ear to Still Have a Good Amount of Swelling and Puffines After 2 Weeks Post Op? (photo)

I had my otoplasty done on july 30th. About 4 days after the procedure, there was always more swelling and puffiness on my right ear. My left ear made a quick recovery and right not it looks perfect. My right ear however is still red, puffy, and swollen. There has not been much improvement. It has been draining a bit (not blood) and they told me this was normal. But is this usual for 18 days post op? The difference between ears is evident, my right even looks larger because of the swelling.

Doctor Answers 2

Swelling of the Ears following Otoplasty

Thank you for this question and photos.


Some patients swell quite a bit after otoplasty.  Usually, the ear which needed more work swells more.  The swelling should progressively diminish over time.  If the more swollen ear is red, more painful, and does not appear to be improving, your doctor should be notified of these findings and fully evaluate you.   


These is an occasional patient who just needs more time to heal.  Rarely, an infection can begin and require treatment.   Persistant swelling, pain, redness, and drainage may indicate the need for antibiotic therapy.   Please discuss your concerns with your doctor so that you can be carefully monitored.


Best wishes,


Dr. Bresnick

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetric swelling after otoplasty

Asymmetry is quite common early on in healing after otoplasty.  However, it is best to see your surgeon afterwards to determine if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.  Potential issues which can occur include ear infection, resolving hematoma, resolving swelling.  

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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