How To Reduce Swelling After Otoplasty

How To Reduce Swelling After Otoplasty

Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is becoming more and more popular in Australia. It can reshape the ears, correct misshapen or uneven ears, and pin back ears that stick out. Otoplasty surgery makes people more confident and helps to bring out the best in those who have previously felt self-conscious because of their ears.

However, if you are considering otoplasty, aftercare is extremely important if you want to reduce swelling and lessen the risk of any complications following your procedure. If you follow these simple otoplasty recovery tips, you will have the best chance of healing quickly and successfully.

How to reduce swelling after otoplasty

Following your cosmetic ear surgery, it is completely normal to experience some swelling. This usually lasts one to two months – residual swelling can even last for up to six months following your surgery. However, there are a number of steps you can take to minimise swelling and assist your ear surgery recovery.

The most important thing is to keep your head elevated at all times, including when you sleep. Make sure your head is propped up with a couple of pillows in bed, and try to sleep on your back so no extra pressure is put on your ears. You should also try to keep an upright posture during the day – avoid bending over, as this can cause additional swelling.

When can I shower after otoplasty?

As part of your otoplasty aftercare, you will need to remember not to disrupt your stitches. If the stitches are damaged, this can cause complications and further swelling, and your ear surgery recovery will take longer.

You should avoid showering for a day or two after your otoplasty surgery – however you are unable to wet your head and hair until after the head bandages are removed which usually happens about 8-10 days after surgery. When you do wash your hair, you need to be extremely careful when it comes to washing behind your ears. If you’re washing your hair, use a very mild, gentle shampoo, such as a baby shampoo, for the first 4-6 weeks after your surgery, as anything too harsh could affect your stitches.

Will my ears relax after otoplasty?

As your ears heal, they may move position very slightly, as they settle into their healed state following your surgery. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. They will never return to their pre- surgery appearance!

If you have any concerns, your surgeon will be able to put your mind at ease at your consultation.

How long do you have to wear bandages following otoplasty?

Straight after your surgery, your ears will be covered with a dressing which must be worn until you next see your surgeon 8-10 days later.  At this time, your dressing will be replaced with a smaller one, covered by a headband. This headband will keep your ears in place and protect them from any accidents, helping with your recovery.

You will probably need to wear the headband at night for approximately a month.

It is important that the headband is disturbed as little as possible – button-up clothing is a good idea at this time!

Other otoplasty recovery tips:

  • Avoid touching, rubbing or scratching your ears or behind your ears – you don’t want to disturb your stitches.
  • Avoid heat and excessive sunlight for a couple of months – you may not be able to feel temperatures properly straight after your surgery, and you don’t want your scar tissue to burn. Avoid spending too long in the sun, and don’t use a hairdryer for a month or two following your otoplasty.
  • Avoid smoking – it impedes the body’s ability to heal.

Find out more about otoplasty aftercare

Otoplasty can change your life, improving your appearance, giving you more confidence and boosting your self-esteem. If you are considering otoplasty surgery, or you would like to know more about ear pinning surgery aftercare, please contact us. Our highly experienced team will be happy to help!