Otoplasty- After Care Instructions
Apply ice bags to your ears for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling post-operatively. Apply for only 20 minutes at time once per hour. Do not fall asleep with ice in place.
If you have pain or discomfort, take the pain medication every 3 to 4 hours. It is best to take the pain medication with crackers, jello, etc. If you do not have pain, please do not take the pain medication.
After surgery you will have a protective headdress around our ears that needs to be worn 1 week (when you sleep at night) You can remove the headdress to gently wash the ear and apply Vaseline to the incisions. Replace the gauze daily in the ear protector.
You may wash your hair with baby shampoo. Lather your hair gently using the palms of your hands and rinse thoroughly until the soap is out. It may take several washings before all of the crust and ointment is out of your ear Do not wear pullover clothing or hairpieces for 2-3 weeks after your otoplasty as you could disrupt your incisions.
Normal activity can be gradually resumed after 3 weeks but strenuous activity (heart rate above 100 beats per minute) should be avoided for another week. Strenuous activity/lifting of objects heavier than 10 lbs. should be avoided for the first 3 weeks after surgery.
The scars and any areas of bruising can be massaged with Biocorneum scar gel, (apply twice daily for 3 months) beginning 3 weeks after surgery. This will promote softening and maturation and improve scar healing in these areas.
All incisions will be extremely sensitive to sunlight during the healing phase. Direct sun contact is to be avoided and always use a sunscreen with SPF 20 or greater (with UVA and UVB protection) even on cloudy days for at least 6 months. Wear a wide brim hat and sunscreen (SPF 20 or greater with UVA and UVB protection) if you are in the sun for prolonged periods.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SURGERY
Your ear will feel tight and there will be a feeling of numbness in these areas for several weeks to months after surgery. It will disappear and your feeling will be perfecting normal. If you are having pain which is not relieved by the pain medication, please call Dr. Camp
It is important to be seen by Dr. Camp after your initial post-op checks. He will see you in follow-up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year post-op. We will make these appointments for you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL DR. CAMP
If you have questions or need immediate care, please call Dr. Camp anytime on his cell. There is no such thing as a minor question. I would rather you call me than wonder and not do the right thing, so please call my office, or email me anytime.