Patients who undergo otoplasty at Northshore Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, can expect to be able to return to work or school a week after their procedure. Patients usually begin to see their final results after six to eight weeks of recovery. As with any surgical procedure, understanding the healing process is key to an essential outcome. Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne will guide you through every stage of otoplasty recovery.
Immediately after Surgery
When your otoplasty procedure is complete, our team will escort you to a recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours. Your head will be bandaged to protect the surgical site and help maintain the new position of the ear. When you are ready, you will be released from our facility, and a friend or family member can drive you home. We recommend that someone stay with you for the first 24 hours to provide assistance.
You will be provided with prescription medications. Be sure to take these as directed to alleviate pain and discomfort. You should also rest with your head elevated to minimize post-operative swelling.
While the healing process generally takes several weeks, most patients find they can return to work or school after the first week of recovery.
The First Week of Recovery
The bandages will remain in place for one week, unless otherwise advised by Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne. During this time, patients should refrain from using shampoo, and should avoid high heat from blow dryers, as it is important to keep the surgical sites cool. Continue to rest with your head elevated and avoid sleeping on your side. Additionally, you should keep your activity level to a minimum to avoid complications.
Significant healing takes place during the first week of recovery. It is important to follow the specific recommendation provided by Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne. If you have any questions during the recovery period, simply reach out to a team member.
What Are the Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks, such as bleeding or infection. While some degree of discomfort is normal during recovery, you should notify your surgeon if you experience:
- Excessive swelling
- Sharp or persistent pain
When Can I Return to Work or School?
While the healing process generally takes several weeks, most patients find they can return to work or school after the first week of recovery. Adults can return to work in just a few days, as long as they do not have a physically strenuous job. Children will typically require a full week since they must avoid overexertion during the first several days.
When Will My Recovery be Complete?
Following an otoplasty procedure, it takes several weeks for the treatment areas to fully heal. Patients will notice numerous changes during the recovery phase, which will occur gradually over time. Full recovery takes approximately six to eight weeks.
Learn More about Otoplasty Recovery
Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne can provide the guidance necessary to help you experience a successful recovery with beautiful results. To learn more, contact us online anytime or call us at (985) 237-6050.