Top questions about otoplasty recovery
When you look in the mirror each day, you may not think much about your ears. But for someone who’s self-conscious about the appearance of their ears, it can be a source of embarrassment or emotional stress. For these people, otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, may provide a life-changing improvement in their self-confidence.
Reasons for Otoplasty
The most well-known reason for otoplasty is usually ears that protrude or appear cup-shaped, making them appear large and prominent. But otoplasty can also correct ear deformities and earlobes that are elongated or torn.
Many people have lived with an undesirable ear shape their entire lives, and may have emotional damage that dates back to childhood when they were teased and bullied. And though otoplasty is highly successful, many potential patients hesitate to see a plastic surgeon because they fear the recovery time is lengthy or they can’t fit it into their lives. They may be worried that the surgery is too painful or that it won’t work for them.
Fortunately, a well done otoplasty is a safe, effective procedure that can make a dramatic difference in a person’s appearance. The key is to seek a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure for the most natural and attractive results.
What’s the Recovery Like After Cosmetic Ear Surgery?
Cosmetic ear surgery can be done with local anesthesia and sedation, leading to a faster and easier recovery. Most otoplasty patients find that any post-surgical pain is manageable with medications that are recommended by the plastic surgeon. A soft headband-like garment is typically worn for protection and comfort, and swelling begins to subside within just a couple of days.
When Can I Go Back to Work After Otoplasty?
For jobs that are not physically demanding, many patients can return to work within about a week. Jobs that require lifting or more physical activity should be postponed for at least two weeks, depending on your individual lifestyle and type of surgery.
Your plastic surgeon can discuss when you can resume specific activities, such as exercise, in your consultation. After any surgery, it’s important to give the body adequate time to rest. Your body is using its resources and energy to heal and recover, so excess strain is typically not recommended during this critical time. Most otoplasty patients find their amazing results to be well worth that just a couple of weeks away from strenuous activities.
You deserve to feel great about your appearance without worrying about prominent or disfigured ears. Don’t hide them under your hair or hats any longer – contact the office of Dr. Michel Siegel to learn more about cosmetic ear surgery!