It won’t be long until you can show your family and friends your new look, after undergoing an otoplasty procedure, and compared to other plastic surgical procedures the wait won’t be too long. You will be brimming with confidence at the amazing reaction you get when people see you, yet you still need to ensure you look after yourself with post otoplasty care. This will ensure that there are no complications later, so make sure you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions to allow your ears to heal in time. Read our guide to what you need to do after surgery.
Don’t Rub Or Touch Your Ears
The majority of ear surgery procedures will take place under local anesthesia so that you will not feel sick or dizzy afterward. Basically, you will be able to walk out normally after surgery. However, you should not rub or touch your ears if you can for the first 14 days or so. By doing this, your ears will stay in place and prevents you damaging the incisions that were made. Your ears will be numb for a while, so you should be extra careful when moving around as you may not feel any damage. For instance, under no circumstances should you go riding on your bike as this requires a bike helmet to be worn. Also, when sleeping at night ensure that you lie on your back, keeping unwanted pressure off your ears.
A Headband Will Assist
Post-surgery you will have to wear a dressing over your ears that will be bulky and noticeable. Up to seven days later this will be replaced with one that is much lighter. A headband will also assist in keeping your ears set in place, with protection from accidental bumps or bending. The majority of patients will need to wear this headband for one to two weeks all day, then only at night after a month or so. Steer clear of tops that need to be pulled down over your head, opting for buttoned shirts and blouses to protect your ears.
Avoid Sun Exposure For Prolonged Amounts Of Time
External temperatures will not be felt for the first few weeks, due to your ears being numb. Therefore, it is not a good idea to be in the sun for a long time, so no matter how good the weather is outside, keep out of it. Likewise, if you are using ice packs to help in your pain relief, then make sure that you do not end up with frostbite. Also, discount the use of hairdryers or hair tongs.
A Healthy Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet throughout your recovery is also very important. In fact, you should already be eating one all the time. The vitamins and nutrients in good, honest food will aid in your recovery. You may find that in the first few days you find eating hard food is hard to do, so softer foods, juices and smoothies could be the way forward.
If you are interested in learning more about otoplasty then book a consultation with our board-certified surgeon, Dr Scott Newman who will discuss the procedure with you, and the final results for a brand new confident you!