The ears are covered with a bulky, moderate pressure dressing following surgery. There is usually some tenderness and discomfort, that is easily controlled by medication. Most patients leave the hospital on the same day, or shortly thereafter.
Within two to four days, the outer pressure dressings are removed but the patient is asked to wear a light head dressing for two to three weeks to promote healing.
Faint scars are concealed in the flexion creases behind the ears; there are no incisions in front of the ears.
Update Date 10/22/2013
Updated by: David A. Lickstein, MD, FACS, Specializing in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.