Ear Surgery Recovery Los Angeles

Does & Don’ts!

  • Following surgery, the patient’s ears are held in place by a soft elastic bandage or headband which reduces swelling and protects the ears as they heal.
  • The ears may feel painful and swollen for a few days, and your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to alleviate the discomfort.
  • Also icing over bandages can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • You are prescribed antibiotics for several days.
  • Patients should sleep with their heads elevated the first few nights after surgery in order to minimize swelling. You will be advised to not sleep on your side to avoid placing pressure on your ears.
  • After two days, the dressings are removed, after which time you can take a full shower and wet the stitches. If removable, rather than dissolvable stitches are used, they are usually removed within seven to ten days following surgery.
  • Once the dressings are removed, you should sleep with a head band which covers your ears and protects them from flopping forward during sleep. At this point you can sleep on a soft pillow in any ways that you choose.
  • You can touch your ears gently and apply some Vaseline or vitamin-E ointment in order to help moisturize the skin and to reduce hypersensitivity.
  • It is not unusual to feel that your ears are plugged or your sense of hearing is dampened, for several weeks. This is due to the swelling of the ear canal which subsides.
  • Children can return to school one to two weeks following surgery. However, the ears will be delicate and need to be protected. The child should avoid physical contact sports for six weeks to avoid damage to the ear.
  • Adults can return to work in less than a week, but should also avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks.
  • Both adults and children should wear the “tennis headbands” (no protective helmets) for six weeks during sleep, sports, or in situations when their ears might be hit or traumatized. Afterwards, there is no need for any restrictions.
  • If you are planning to have your ears pierced, wait for three weeks.
  • Refrain from sun tanning, or at least have your ears covered for four weeks.
  • Finally, know that it takes approximately three to five months for the ears to settle, and for the swelling to resolve; so don’t judge them too early.
  • Patients are advised to remember that the goal is improvement, not perfection. As is the case with “normal” ears, no two will ever match perfectly, just as no two body parts are perfectly symmetrical.

Dr. Younai is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with experience in all aspects of Facial Cosmetic Surgery including that of the Ears. He is skilled and experienced in all techniques of Otoplasty and strives to create ears that are natural and normal looking. During your consultation he will discuss all details including: if you are a good candidate, surgical options and techniques, potential risks and complications of surgery, pre- and post-operative instructions, recovery course, as well as what to expect after surgery. At that time Dr. Younai will also show you before-and-after pictures of other patients with Otoplasty, who might be similar to you.

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Our center also includes the Regency Surgery Center which is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility certified by Medicare and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., (AAAASF).

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