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What to Expect

Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

When your procedure is completed, a bandage will gently be placed around your eyes to minimize swelling and bruising. The bandage keeps your surgical site clean, protects it from trauma and supports the new position of the ear during initial healing. There may be an itchy feeling under bandages. It is essential that bandages remain intact and are not removed, for any reason. Failure to do so may result in loss of some of the correction and may require a secondary surgery.

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You will be given specific instructions that include:

  • how to care for the surgical site
  • medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • when to return to the office


We will see you the day after surgery, then on the 3rd day to remove your bandage. Bring a headband with you. You will wear this 24/7 for the first week. For the next four weeks it can be worn just at night to protect the ears. No sutures need to be removed. At one week you can resume normal activities. At two weeks you can begin light exercise, and at four weeks there are no restrictions.

Following your doctor's instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling, bruising, and to speed your recovery.

It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head.


Ear surgery offers near immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible once the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during initial phases of healing are removed. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well-hidden in the natural creases of the ear. It is normal for the skin inside the ear to be swollen and bunched up. This improves and looks completely natural with time. The ears will look good at about one week. Within three months they should look completely normal.

In general our patients are very pleased with their ear reshaping. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. Small revisions are occasionally necessary.

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