The otoplasty is cosmetic ear surgery that is accompanied with some recovery. It is important for patients to follow the recovery guidelines from their cosmetic surgery clinic carefully, as this allows the patient to heal properly and reduce the chance of complications. For more information about the recovery processes after otoplasty, please read on.
What Should I Do After Otoplasty?
Whether you had an ear pinning procedure or a surgical otoplasty, there is always a recovery process involved. There are a couple of things that should be avoided, which we will elaborate upon a little further in this article. Of course, there are also some instructions you need to follow as well.
Patients are required to wear a headband that covers the ears during their otoplasty recovery. The headband keeps the ears protected against environmental factors, preventing problems such as infection. The headband also prevents damage to the treatment area while sleeping.
During your otoplasty recovery, you should avoid sleeping on your side as this could damage the treatment area. It is also important to keep your head elevated during your otoplasty recovery, this will promote the healing process and reduce any swelling that may be present after the reconstructive surgery. Please keep wearing the headband as instructed after your otoplasty surgery and follow the guidelines of your cosmetic surgery carefully to promote the healing process.
After a surgical procedure, it is always a good idea to enjoy a healthy diet. Consuming the right number of vitamins and minerals during your otoplasty recovery will promote your overall health as well as your recovery.
If you had your otoplasty under general anaesthesia, the right nutrition could help to counter some of the side-effects after your otoplasty procedure. Some patients can experience some nausea from a general anaesthetic, so drinking plenty of water and bland foods can reduce some of those side-effects.
Is Otoplasty Recovery Painful?
Patients can experience a little discomfort during their recovery from otoplasty. Most patients can easily manage this discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications. In some cases, the cosmetic surgery can prescribe some medication to manage side-effects that can occur during the recovery period.
How Long Do Ears Hurt After Otoplasty?
This is different for everyone. It also depends on the overall scope of the procedure, for example how much of the ear cartilage was altered during your treatment.
Even though patients will be able to manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medications, we do ask patients to keep an eye on their pain levels. If a patient experiences a sudden increase of pain during their recovery, it could be a sign of a complication. Therefore, it is essential to contact your cosmetic surgery as soon as possible.
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Otoplasty is a treatment that can be surgical or non-surgical, depending on factors such as the ear cartilage and the specific needs of the patient.
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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Otoplasty?
Most patients like to know how long it will take to recover from an otoplasty, as they wish to know when they can return to work. Recovery time can be subject to many things. For example, patients who had a general anaesthetic usually need to recover long than patients who had a local anaesthetic. The overall scope and complexity of your procedure will also influence your recovery time.
Your cosmetic surgery should be able to provide you with a better idea about recovery time. Of course, it is important for patients to remember that this is still an estimate. Some patients take less or more time to recover, so it is important to listen to your own body after having an otoplasty. Remember, forcing things too soon can influence the final results and could have a negative impact on your health.
What Can You Not Do After Otoplasty?
We briefly touched upon the subject that there are some things to avoid after your treatment. Below, we have listed the most important things you need to avoid.
Firstly, patients should avoid touching or rubbing their ears. Ears can be itchy while they heal, so your instinct may be to rub or scratch. However, rubbing or touching the ears can cause complications and may damage incisions as well as sutures.
Patients should also refrain from smoking during their recovery. Smoking has been associated with a slower healing process and can therefore impact your recovery in a negative manner. On top of that, smoking has also been linked to an increased risk of infection. So, smoking as well as second-hand smoke should be avoided for several weeks after the procedure.
During the recovery, patients are also advised to avoid the sun and extreme temperatures, especially for longer periods. It is possible for the treatment area to feel a little numb after your treatment, so patients may not feel damage caused by extreme cold or hot temperatures.
Do Ears Go Back After Otoplasty?
No. The changes implemented during an otoplasty are permanent. A surgical otoplasty can require more surgery to revert the changes that were made during your procedure; therefore, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon. For the incisionless otoplasty, cosmetic surgerys can reverse the results by taking out the sutures within a certain time after the procedure. However, the procedure cannot be reversed if a certain time has passed, as the ear will conform to its new shape.
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