5 Best Recovery Tips After Ear Correction Surgery
There are various reasons a patient may choose to undergo ear correction surgery, otherwise known as otoplasty.
Whatever the motivations for this form of cosmetic surgery, it’s helpful to know what the healing process is like.
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty procedures and ear correction surgery are designed to transform the appearance of the ears. This is often referred to as ear pinning and is a popular form of cosmetic surgery.
It is often thought of as a procedure for younger patients, but we see both men and women of all ages seeking ear correction surgery in the UK.
The techniques of the procedure itself vary depending on the concerns of the individual, but the results are permanent and general anaesthesia is required.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to understand the recovery process after one undergoes ear correction surgery, and how best to look after yourself during the healing process.
Below you’ll find five tips to ensure the recovery process after otoplasty surgery goes smoothly.
Trust your cosmetic surgeon
It may sound obvious, but one of the most important parts of recovering from surgery is trusting the advice of your surgeon. Follow the medical advice you are given with regards to looking after scars and helping them heal.
Wear a compression garment
In the first 24-hours after surgery, you will be required to wear a mild compression garment around your head. This is to ensure swelling is kept to a minimum. How long you have to wear this is determined by your surgeon and you’ll be given full advice on this both before and after your ear correction surgery.
Avoid touching your ears
If possible you should avoid touching your ears in the early stages of recovery. You want to make sure that you avoid any signs of infection if you hope to recover smoothly and quickly. You will also be advised to avoid washing your hair in the first week after surgery, to avoid aggravating the incision points.
Keep your head elevated
For the first couple of weeks post-procedure, it is a good idea to sleep with your head in an elevated position. This helps the swelling to reduce. Swelling usually lasts a few weeks and, in some cases, it can last up to six.
Return to work when you’re ready
For some patients, heading back to work after undergoing ear correction surgery may be sooner than others. While some patients feel confident to return to work within a week others do not, and this is usually dependent on the swelling or what your job actually involves. It’s important to feel comfortable before returning to work, so make sure before surgery you have factored this into your recovery plan.
As well as following the five tips, it is advised that you maintain a healthy diet and avoid smoking during the recovery process. For more information about ear correction surgery please view the otoplasty treatment page or book a consultation.