- Shower or bathe the body after 48 hours, covering the wound site.
- 5 – 10 days until socializing with friends & family and requiring analgesia.
- 2 weeks until patient can return to work and perform normal social engagements including driving.
- 3-4 weeks until bruising and swelling settles. May take longer.
- 6 weeks until patient can return to gym and perform strenuous activities.
- Scarring will continue to improve for the next 12 months with very proactive scar management.
Length of Surgery 1.5 – 2.5 hours
Anaesthesia Local Anesthetic or General Anesthetic. Performed as a day case in a hospital operating theatre. Read More
What to expect immediately after the operation Ear bandages for a week. Uncomfortable (but not painful) ears. Bulky, turban-like dressing to protect the ears. Avoid contact sports. Lying on back to avoid leaning on nears.
Infrequent Complications: Haematoma, wound breakdown, asymmetry, wound infection.
Post Surgery Advice
- Use recommended painkillers as required.
- After a few days, any gauze dressings can be removed and you may need to wear a support strap (like a sweat band) across the ears. It should be worn as directed by your surgeon.
- Avoid contact sports and places where you could be elbowed, etc.
- Touching and Pulling should be avoided for the first 2 – 4 weeks, as your ears will be very sensitive.
- Your surgeon will advise when to begin exercising and normal activities.
- Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any signs of infection or if you experience bleeding or a sudden increase in pain.