1. A compressive headband is placed after surgery and must be worn 24/7 for the first two weeks. After the first two weeks post-surgery, the headband should worn while sleeping for an additional two weeks.
  2. Approximately 3 days post-surgery, you will be seen by a provider in the office. The provider will remove your bandages and provide additional post-operative instructions.
  3. Leave tape over the incision site(s). DO NOT touch the tape. If the tape begins to blister the skin or severe itching occurs, contact the office prior to removing the tape.
  4. ALWAYS wash your hands and wear gloves when touching the incisions.
  5. Do not lift or carry anything more than 10 lbs. for 2 weeks.
  6. No strenuous activity for 2 weeks.
  7. Keep your head elevated at a 30-degree angle while sleeping for 1 week.
  8. Swelling can last up to 3 months or longer. Otoplasty procedures will continue to heal for up to 1 year post surgery.
  9. DO NOT apply heating pads to the incision sites. DO NOT use ice packs unless directed by the provider.
  10. In general, you may shower after your first post-operative appointment. DO NOT scrub the incision areas. You may let water run gently over it. Do not use hot water and pat the area dry once complete.
  11. NO SMOKING for 8 weeks. Avoid being in a room with smokers. Smoking hinders the healing process.
  12. NO NSAIDS, vitamins or herbal supplements for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after surgery.
  13. Contact the office immediately if you notice any sudden increase in redness, swelling, excessive bleeding/drainage or pain at the surgical site.