Otoplasty (ear surgery) improves cosmetic aspects of the ears and often provides significant psychological benefits to those who are bothered by their appearance. Dr. Hutchinson is a Fellowship educated, board certified plastic surgeon in NYC who takes time to actively listen to her patients’ concerns and produce personalized, elegant, and long-lasting results.
Recovery After Ear Surgery
Although the ears may ache or throb for a few days, a patient usually feels close to normal within hours of the surgery’s completion. Medication is prescribed to help alleviate any discomfort.
A few days after otoplasty, the bandages around the head are replaced with a surgical dressing that is worn for about a week, at which point the stitches may need to be removed. Otoplasty patients should avoid sleeping on their sides for the first two weeks after surgery. At the 2 week mark, most patients are able to return to their normal routines. After the ears have healed completely, they usually have faint scars hidden on their posterior surfaces. The scars typically fade with time and, because of their strategic placement, are virtually invisible.