Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to change the shape, position or size of the ears. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. In Denver, Dr. Serota offers years of experience and expertise in Otoplasty and many other cosmetic procedures.
What to Expect After Surgery
- After surgery, you will have a compression dressing around the ears that needs to be worn for one week. Dr. Serota will remove it after one week. At that time, you will need to wear a broad athletic headband (day and night) that covers the ears for 3 more weeks. This is especially important at night to protect the ears.
- After your dressing is removed, you may shampoo your hair with baby shampoo. Your hair may be dried with a blow dryer on a cool, not a hot setting, to protect any possible numb areas from getting burned.
- Keep your head elevated on 2-3 pillows while in bed.
- Avoid straining of any kind for the first 48 hours. Avoid strenuous activity for the first month.
- Children can go back to school after seven days but should be careful about playground activities and should avoid any gym activities.
- Some soreness, aching or throbbing is routine after surgery. You will be prescribed pain medication following surgery. Take the pain medication as needed.
- You can expect some swelling of the face and ears after surgery. If the swelling on one side is more pronounced than on the other side or if you are having pain which is not relieved by pain medication, please call Dr. Serota.
- Do not wear pullover clothing or hairpieces for 3 weeks to avoid disruption of your incisions.
- Your ears will feel tight and there will be a feeling of numbness for several weeks to months after surgery. It will eventually resolve with time.
* If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath or diarrhea after taking your medications, please call our office.
* If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 100°), or have an increase in pain please call Dr. Serota immediately.
* It is important to be seen by Dr. Serota after your initial post-op checks. He will see you in follow-up appointments at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1-year post-op intervals.