Following surgery, a soft bandage is fitted snugly over the ears and is to be worn for the first few days. After the bandage is removed you will be advised to wear a ski headband to keep the ears positioned close to the side of the head.
From the operating room, you will be transferred to a recovery room appointed with specially designed recliners and thick, cozy blankets. During the few hours stay in recovery, a nurse will remain near and your vital signs will be routinely monitored to ensure both your safety and comfort. When your condition has stabilized, you will be permitted to return home. Because otoplasty is carried out under local or, in some cases, general anesthesia, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, usually a friend or relative. And it is recommended that a companion remain with you for the first 24 hours. If you would feel more comfortable staying overnight at the surgery center's aftercare suite, round-the-clock nurses are available to carefully monitor your well-being and assist you with your needs. Upon leaving the surgery center you will be given written post-operative instructions as well as the date of a follow-up office visit. It is important that you follow the post-op instructions and keep all of post-operative office to ensure a complete and successful recovery.
In the first several days following otoplasty, there may be some bruising and minor swelling. To decrease swelling, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated. If possible, sleep in a recliner or use a soft pillow to prop yourself up in bed for the first few nights.
Pain associated with the surgery is usually minimal to moderate and is easily controlled with medication.
In nearly all cases, there is a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the ears. Occasionally, a subsequent revision procedure is necessary.