How long is recovery from an otoplasty?

If you are embarrassed or self-conscious about your ears, because you think they are too prominent, otoplasty can fix them for you. But what’s the procedure like, and how long is recovery from an otoplasty.

What is otoplasty
Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that is done to reshape the ears, particularly prominent ears that stick outwards. It is also carried out to correct ear deformities and injuries.Although people of all ages can undergo otoplasty, the operation is most often performed on children.

The Procedure
The incision for otoplasty is usually made behind the ear, after which portions of the cartilageare removed to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Stitches are then placed in the cartilage to hold it in place.

How long is recovery from an otoplasty?
Recovery after otoplasty is relatively quick, as patients are discharged the same day of the procedure. Recovery times vary, but most patients are up and about the day after surgery, and are usually able to return to work within one week.

Patients can expect to experience some swelling and bruising for about 1-2 weeks, but the ears will look much better by the end of week 2. All strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. A compression bandage is normally placed on the ears immediately after surgery, and is removed the following day. Patients are then advised to wear a light protective head band for the following 7-14 days.

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