How long will I need to take off from work or my child from school to recover from otoplasty?
Duration of the Recovery Period
Typically, one full week of recovery is needed prior to resumption of academic or work activities. All otoplasty patients recover at their own pace after ear reshaping, there are some general trends. The initial pain subsides over the course of two to three day. Swelling and discoloration may worsen after an ear pinning over the course of the same several days.
Time Off From Work Based on Recommended Recovery Period for Otoplasty
It is a good idea to have someone at home to assist the patient in the immediate postoperative period. Strong pain medication will be needed in the first one week after otoplasty. Thereafter, normal, non-strenuous activities and work or school may be resumed. Swelling and bruising may persist for up to two months after ear-pinning and ear reshaping surgery. Heavy exertion, and any activity, or contact sport that may result in injury should be avoided for first two post-operative months, as should sun exposure.
What to Expect During Recovery Period for Otoplasty
During the recovery period, it is crucial to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon. This may include wearing a protective headband or bandages for a few days to support the newly shaped ears and promote proper healing. It is important to avoid any strenuous activities or contact sports that could potentially harm the ears.
Managing Discomfort and Swelling During Recovery Period for Otoplasty
Discomfort and swelling are common after otoplasty. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any pain or discomfort during the initial days. Applying cold compresses to the area can also help reduce swelling. It is essential to keep the head elevated while resting or sleeping to minimize swelling.