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Cosmetic Surgery for Ears

Cosmetic Ear Surgery Recovery

You should plan to stay home at least one week after the surgery. Children should stay home from school for at least one week.

Your head will be bandaged before you are sent home. It's very important that you follow your doctor's instructions on how to handle the bandage to ensure a smooth recovery.

Your surgeon will tell you how long you will need to wear the bandage and how to manage it while you sleep. You likely will have to wear it for at least three days. When you have the bandage removed, your surgeon will provide you with a headband-type dressing. He or she may want you to wear this for up to three weeks to promote proper healing.

If you have stitches that need to be taken out, your surgeon will do this about one week after the surgery.

Expect scars, which will likely fade over time.


Complications and Side Effects of Cosmetic Ear Surgery

There are risks with any surgery. More uncommon complications with otoplasty can include infection or blood clots.

Complications are rare and most people are extremely satisfied with the results. You should expect to experience pain and swelling, but in some cases your surgeon will prescribe a painkiller or a prescription antibiotic as a preventive measure.

Contact your doctor immediately if you develop a fever, experience excessive bleeding or swelling, or have any trauma to your surgical site.

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