Otoplasty (ear surgery) is performed to improve the positioning and/or appearance of ears that are too small, too large, protruding, or uneven.
Recovery and results
Recovery from otoplasty or ear pinning involves rest and restricted activity for up to a week. The ears will remain bandaged for (at least) the first few days. Depending on the extent of the otoplasty, dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches may be used. Non-dissolvable stitches are generally removed after one week. The most common side effects are itching, swelling, discomfort, numbness, and/or tenderness in the area, but these are typically mild and temporary. It’s very important to keep pressure off of the ears during recovery, exercise, sports, and other strenuous activities should be avoided during this time. You will also need to refrain from sleeping on your side. If the patient is a child, it’s important for parents to make sure that their child is not touching or scratching the area. Final results are permanent and visible within two weeks, although the appearance of the ears may continue to refine for up to 12 months as residual swelling subsides.