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!

People travel from across the US and the world for an improved look by Dr. Siegel, but many are right here in the Houston area. We often see patients from Cypress, Spring, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Humble, Katy, and other nearby communities. We also see many patients from other areas in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, to name a few. Wherever you are, we look forward to helping you achieve your best look.

July 1, 2021 Update:

Our office is open and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
  • To prevent having multiple people in the waiting room, we will space out appointments.
  • To minimize personal contact please be punctual for your appointment.
  • Please be on time for your appointment. If you are early, please wait in your car. If you are running late please call the office at 832-900-4818, so we can make proper arrangements.
  • For new patients, please fill out all your new intake forms at home. We will send you a link for registration when you make an appointment.
  • Patients must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when in the waiting room or walking back to the exam room.
  • If you are wearing gloves, please remove them when you arrive, we will provide you with hand sanitizer.

Please contact our office with any questions you have!

-Dr. Siegel & Staff

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