Otoplasty is usually performed as a day procedure in hospital under general anaesthetic. Following surgery, a bulky bandage will be placed over the ears to protect them for one week. After removal of this dressing a head band is worn just at night for a further five weeks. Patients usually return to work/school after one week i.e. when the bandages no longer need to be worn in the daytime.
The final shape and contour of the ears becomes evident after about 2-4 weeks. Contact sports and activities that may bend the ears can usually be resumed after 6 weeks. Complete healing may take up to one year.