What can I expect after otoplasty? What is the recovery time for otoplasty?
The patient is usually sent home within an hour after surgery. On the first or second post-operative day the bandage is removed and exchanged for a compressive headband. The headband is then worn for two to three weeks to maintain the ears’ new position. For about a month activities that might deform the ear should be avoided. Contact sports should not be resumed until the ears have healed. If sleeping on the side is your usual position, your sleep may be disturbed since there should not be any pressure placed on the ears for about a week.
Pain or discomfort is usually mild and well-controlled with oral medications.