Ear Surgery Recovery
Dr. Cambeiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon performing ear surgery (otoplasty) in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you live outside of the Las Vegas area, please contact us to learn more about our fly-in program.
- You may use pain medication at this time that was prescribed to you by Dr. Cambeiro. You will need to keep the dressing dry and clean.
- Two to three days after the plastic surgery operation, Dr. Cambeiro or his nurse will see you and remove the dressings. You will then be able to shower.
- The ears are swollen and bruised and numb at this stage. They may look a little irregular from having the dressings in place. You should not worry about their appearance at this point.
- Healing takes six weeks to be complete, and even longer for all of the fine details of the ears to return to their normal appearance.
- There is usually some difference in the appearance of the ears even in normal ears, and so it is uncommon for the ears to be perfectly symmetrical.
- Dr. Cambeiro will ask that you wear a lightly compressive elastic headband (ladies' hair band) for one month after surgery, only when sleeping. This is done to avoid inadvertent stress on the closure and corrective sutures.
- You should not drive until you have normal return of daily activity and are off all narcotic medications.
- You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for about three weeks. Drinking alcohol can lead to fluid retention and delays recovery.
- During the first 24 hours your assigned caretaker will assist you in getting up to the bathroom, taking medications, and eating and drinking. During the first 12-24 hours you will stay on a liquid diet and advance yourself as tolerated.
- You will probably feel tired and sore for a few days following your plastic surgery, but you will be up and about in 24-48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication.
- Antibiotics are continued for five days after the procedure to lower the risk of infection.
- You should be up and walking on the morning following your plastic surgery, and a light solid diet begun to the point of tolerance.
- If you have a temperature over 99.5 degrees, chills or sweats, a markedly different degree of swelling between sides, and/or increasing rather than decreasing pain—call the office immediately!
- You should be able to return to work within a few days to week, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
- Dr. Cambeiro will let you know when a good time is to start up your exercises and normal activities.
- You are allowed to bathe and to wash their hair 48 to 72 hours after the procedure. Showering is then permitted but the incisions should not be submerged, as in a tub or pool.
- Adults and children are usually up and around within a few hours of surgery, although you may prefer to stay overnight in the hospital with your child until all the effect of the general anesthesia wear off.
- Your head will be wrapped in a bulky bandage immediately following surgery to promote the best molding and healing. The ears may throb or ache a little for a few days, but this can be relieved with pain medication.
- Within a few days, a lighter head dressing similar to a headband will replace the bulky bandages.
- Stitches are removed, or will dissolve in about a week.
- Any activity in which the ear might be bent should be avoided for a month or so. Most adults can go back to work about five days after the plastic surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, if they are careful about playground activity.
- Most patients, young and old alike, are thrilled with the results of ear surgery. However, keep in mind, the goal is an improvement, not perfection. Do not expect both ears to match because it is both unlikely and unnatural in ears.
- Follow up photographs are taken two to three months, at which time you should look relatively normal.
If you are considering ear surgery, Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Cambeiro invites you to request a complimentary consultation or give our office a call at (702) 734-4100 for confidential and informative answers to all your questions. If you prefer, you can send us an email using our discreet online form.