Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Uğur Tosun

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Cosmetic Ear Surgery

How long does it take to fully recover from otoplasty?

Full recovery from otoplasty typically takes around 6 weeks. During the first few weeks, patients should avoid activities that could bend or damage the ears. Swelling and bruising are most prominent during the first week and gradually diminish. It’s important for patients to follow their surgeon’s specific instructions for care, including attending follow-up appointments, to ensure the best results and a smooth recovery.

Are the results of otoplasty permanent?

Yes, the results of otoplasty are generally permanent. The changes made to the ear’s cartilage are lasting, and patients can expect to maintain their new ear shape throughout their life. However, it’s important to note that natural aging processes may slightly alter the appearance of the ears over time, as is typical with any part of the body.

Is otoplasty a painful procedure?

During the procedure, patients do not feel pain due to anesthesia. Post-surgery, some mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising are normal but are typically well-managed with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. Most patients report that the discomfort is less than they anticipated, and it usually subsides significantly within the first few days after surgery.

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