Every patient's surgery experience is different, but here are general guidelines about what you can expect after ear reconstruction surgery:
- Soft dressings applied to your ears will remain for a few days. You may experience some mild discomfort.
- When you sleep, you won't be able to rest your head on the side where the surgery took place for at least two weeks. This may give you some nights of interrupted sleep if you are not used to sleeping any other way. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear a headband to keep your ears in the desired position for two weeks after the surgery.
- The risks of this type of surgery are minimal. There will be a thin white scar behind the ear after healing. Because this scar is in a natural crease behind the ear, no one will detect it unless you point it out.
- Follow-up care is vital for this procedure so that your doctor can watch your healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is extremely important that you keep your follow-up appointments with your surgeon.