The Facts About Otoplasty Recovery
Some people are embarrassed by the appearance of their ears, which they feel are too large or too prominent. This can be psychologically detrimental, especially in children, who are subject to ridicule by their peers. Fortunately, there is a solution for this problem: otoplasty. This procedure is a safe and effective cosmetic surgery that Dr. Ramon Robles of Robles Plastic Surgery, in Phoenix, AZ, performs. Dr. Robles generally performs this procedure for children aged 4 to 14, but it has become increasingly popular in adults who want to improve their appearance and boost their self-image. Questions regarding otoplasty recovery are usually among the first that patients and parents have about this procedure.
Surgery and Recovery
Dr. Robles typically performs otoplasty surgery in his office, using either local or general anesthesia, depending on the age of the patient. The procedure, which generally takes two to three hours, consists of a combination of incisions, tissue removal, and suture placement to reposition or reshape one or both ears.
At the completion of surgery, Dr. Robles places a compressive head dressing, which the patient will need to wear for one week. After the doctor removes the dressing, he then fits a less obtrusive headband that the patient must wear most of the time for the next few weeks. Patients who have undergone otoplasty can expect—as is the case with most surgical procedures—some numbness, swelling, itching, discoloration, and discomfort. These symptoms should subside relatively quickly. Dr. Robles strongly advises patients to contact his office if they notice any fever, unusual swelling, drainage, or sharp or persistent pain.
Most patients can return to work or school after one week, but they should understand that the total recovery period is six to eight weeks. The final results are not immediately apparent, but patients should be able to see the outcome at toward the end of the healing period.
Patients who understand how to properly care for themselves during the otoplasty recovery period are likely to have fewer problems and can expect a more positive result.
A few suggestions regarding otoplasty recovery patients and parents should consider include:
- Avoid the use of shampoo (first week only)
- Avoid strenuous or rough activity that could cause damage to the surgical site
- Keep the head elevated by an additional pillow as much as possible while sleeping
- Avoid the use of a blow dryer and any other form of extreme heat to the surgical area
- Avoid sleeping on the side to minimize pressure to the surgical site
- Take or apply all medications and ointments as prescribed
- Keep the dressings and headband in place as instructed by the doctor
- Avoid wearing earrings and glasses to the greatest extent possible
- Avoid unnecessarily touching, moving, or excessively scrubbing the wound area
- Refrain from going swimming to avoid contaminating the wound site
Learn More about Otoplasty and Recovery
Patients who understand how to properly care for themselves during the otoplasty recovery period are likely to have fewer problems and can expect a more positive result. Those who would like to learn more about otoplasty, either for themselves or for their child, are encouraged to call Dr. Robles at (602) 737-0323 or contact Robles Plastic Surgery online .