How Long Does It Take to Heal After Otoplasty?

How Long Does It Take to Heal After Otoplasty?

Most people who have large, misshapen, or asymmetrical ears imagine what they’d look like with more proportional appendages. Many of them even entertain the idea of getting them surgically altered — a procedure called otoplasty — and more than 53,000 Americans actually take the step every year.  

If you’re ready to restore balance and symmetry to your face by undergoing otoplasty, your ears are in good hands with Dr. Michael Macdonald at Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California. As a board-certified cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon, he’s uniquely qualified to address your ear concerns from every angle — medically, surgically, and aesthetically. 

Although you’re excited to get the procedure underway and see your final results, it’s important to know what to expect in between those two dates as you recover and heal.

During your otoplasty procedure

Every otoplasty is different. Dr. Macdonald spends a lot of time up front getting to know your medical history, your habits and lifestyle, and your aesthetic goals. He plans your otoplasty with these details in mind and custom-designs the procedure accordingly. 

If your ears stick out too far from your head, he gently repositions them by removing excess cartilage and other tissues. If your ears are misshapen, he skillfully reshapes your ears by adding grafts, adding or removing folds, and placing strategic stitches. 

He always keeps the end results in mind and hides your incisions in natural skin folds so the scars don’t show. 

Healing from otoplasty

Recovering from otoplasty is relatively painless compared to some other surgical procedures. It’s typical for the ear tissue to lose sensation for a few months post-op, so you shouldn’t feel much pain. 

You should plan to take it easy for the first two days after your surgery, meaning no strenuous exercise.

After about a week, Dr. Macdonald removes your bandages and stitches, and you get the first look at your new ears. But you still need to wear a headband at night for about 4-8 weeks. You can resume normal activities at this point, but avoid bending over with your head below your heart, and try to sleep on your back.

Post-otoplasty recovery tips

Your ears continue to heal over the next several weeks, and you should see the final results about 2-3 months after your surgery. Meanwhile, you can give your healing a helping hand by following these guidelines:

Adhering to these care instructions creates an optimum environment for quick and complete healing and gives you the best chance at achieving the results you envision. 

Otoplasty results aren’t instant, but if you schedule your procedure now, you can improve the look of your ears and gain a huge boost of confidence by spring. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Macdonald, call our office at 415-956-3223 or request an appointment online today.

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