Countless men and women across the country have issues with the appearance of their ears, which has a direct impact on their self-esteem and confidence levels.
Fortunately, procedures such as otoplasty make it possible to correct protruding or bat ears in order to give patients their self-confidence back and relieve any anxiety that they might’ve been dealing with.
For patients exploring the possibility of otoplasty, there are a number of questions that usually crop up. How painful is the procedure? What is the recovery like?
Fortunately, when compared to other cosmetic surgeries, otoplasty has minimal pain and much shorter recovery times.
What to expect from an otoplasty procedure
On average, otoplasty surgery’s post-operative pain is rather minimal and can easily be managed with pain and anti-inflammatory medication.
As with any surgical procedure, there will always be a certain amount of risk involved. Similarly, your pain may be very different to the pain experienced by other patients and greatly depends on the specifications of your surgery.
This is more or less what you can expect from a typical otoplasty procedure:
- Day of your surgery
Your otoplasty procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis but can sometimes occur at a surgical office instead of a hospital. An anaesthesiologist will ensure that you are kept comfortable throughout your surgery.
Once the surgery has been completed, bandages will be applied and you will receive the necessary pain medication. Most patients are able to go home on the same day as their surgery and won’t necessarily need to spend the night at a hospital.
- First night after your surgery
Most patients will experience the most significant amount of pain and swelling the night after their surgery. Ear pinning surgery specialists, Dr Zurek of Surgicentre recommends that patients get as much rest as possible, keeping their heads elevated above their hearts in order to reduce swelling as much as possible. It’s also advisable to only eat soft foods that can easily be digested and to drink water that is cool or room temperature. There is also a chance that you will experience some nausea due to the pain.
- First week after your surgery
Patients can expect pain and swelling for several days after their otoplasty procedure and should continue to take the recommended pain medication. It’s also helpful to be extra careful when chewing as this could add to the pain being experienced in the ear area.
Your doctor will also prescribe antibiotics that you will need to take with your pain medication. It’s important that you take the full course of antibiotics in order to protect yourself against infections.
- Several weeks after your surgery
Most of the pain and swelling will subside 7 to 10 days after your surgery, however, it’s important to still wear the bandages that have been placed around your ears in order to protect them.
As the weeks pass, your ears will continue to heal and the pain and swelling will disappear completely. Most patients won’t experience any further pain from 6 to 8 weeks, with the otoplasty surgery site being completely healed after a few months.