Otoplasty Instruction

Getting Ready for Your Otoplasty Procedure

  • If possible, avoid medications and supplements that may thin your blood. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Vitamin E, and fish oil for two weeks before surgery.
  • Do not smoke for two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco smoke delay healing and can result in scarring or infection.
  • Your prescriptions for after surgery (typically a pain medication, and nausea medication) will be given to you the day of surgery.
  • Purchase the following non-prescription items from a drug store:
    • Stool softener (docusate). Constipation is common with use of pain medications and surgical recovery.
    • Baby shampoo
  • Stock up on easy to prepare meals and snacks.
  • Arrange to have someone to drive you home from the procedure

The Day of Surgery

  • If IV or general anesthesia are planned, do not eat or drink anything, including water. Essential medications may be taken with a sip of water.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that button or zip. Avoid slipover clothing.
  • Leave your valuables at home; do not wear jewelry or piercings.
  • Avoid all make-up, hairspray, and nail polish.
  • Do not wear contacts, ok to wear glasses if needed.

Post-Operative Care

  • You will have a dressing on after the procedure. This will be removed the next day at follow up.
  • There may be surgical glue behind the ears. It is ok to let water run over them after 24 hours, but do not apply lotions or ointments to the area.
  • You should wear a head wrap or band for the first week after surgery, only take it off for showering. After week 1, wear the head wrap at night for 2 more weeks.
  • Keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours. A recliner is best. Sleeping with extra pillows work as well. This will minimize swelling and help avoid rolling during sleep.
  • Resume your normal diet.
  • Keep the incisions dry for 24 hours. Wash your face with a washcloth, do not wash/scrub around the ears. Do not apply any ointments or conditioners.
  • No heavy lifting, bending over, or straining until cleared at follow up appointment.
  • Do not wear glasses for 2 weeks after surgery.