Post Op Otoplasty
Ear Pinning Post-Op Recovery Instructions
- A circumferential head dressing will be placed on at the end of the otoplasty surgery to protect the ears in their new position. In adults, this can be removed in 24 hours. In children, the head dressing will stay in place for 5 days.
- Once can use ice or frozen vegetable packs on the ears (actually the dressing) if it makes them feel more comfortable. It is not absolutely necessary however.
- Once the head dressing is removed, the ears still need to be protected. In children, a ‘ski band’ or head band is to be worn as much as possible for the next 2 weeks. In adult Indianapolis otoplasty patients, this form of protection should be worn only at night for an additional week after surgery.
- Dissolvable sutures are used behind the ears so suture removal is not necessary. There is no need to put any antibiotic ointment on the incisions behind the ear.
- Eyeglasses should not be worn for the first week after surgery so they do not rub on the incisions behind the ears.
- The ears will remain somewhat swollen for up to a month after surgery. Be patient before judging the final result as it takes time for the ears to settle into their final shape and position.
- The ears will be sensitive for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery so touching, and particularly pulling on them, is not comfortable. This is normal and will go away.
- Swimming and other underwater activities should be avoided until four weeks after surgery.