After an otoplasty procedure, most patients are very anxious to see their results. But, it is beyond important that they understand there is a recovery period that needs to be diligently observed in order for the surgical site to heal properly. This involves being mindful when it comes to things like physical activities, sleeping and cleaning the site. Below is some valuable information regarding how and when to clean your ear following your otoplasty surgery.
One of the most important considerations to keep in mind when undergoing an otoplasty procedure is the amount of time that a large portion of your head and both of your ears will be completely bandaged following surgery. Following the procedure, a patient's head will be wrapped with heavy-duty cotton bandages called “fluff bandages,” for healing. After a couple of days, the fluff bandages may be removed, but lighter bandaging will need to be worn for an additional few days. After the first week, all of the bandages may be removed. For a few days immediately following the procedure you are advised to bathe only from the neck down, leaving the stitches to dry up and allowing the blood to harden.
We often clean our heads and ears at the same time, but you will need to make sure not to introduce any chemicals into the surgery site. This means that you will be unable to wash your hair with shampoo for up to a week following the surgery. After your dressings and drains have been removed, wash your hair gently with baby shampoo and avoid applying and pressure to your ears. Cleaning your ears may involve applying any ointments provided to you by your cosmetic surgeon in order for the surgical site to heal properly and avoid infection. Take special care when lathering your hair not to tug on your ears. You may notice that when washing your hair and the area around the surgery site, it may take several washings until all the build-up and ointment is out of your hair.
Your ears are very sensitive and delicate. Any time there has been significant surgical trauma to them, care needs to be taken to ensure that they heal fully, both for aesthetic and health reasons. Taking precautionary measures to avoid touching or applying any unnecessary pressure or harsh substances to the exposed area during cleaning could mean the difference between a follow-up consultation to address a post-surgery complication and the successful healing of your ears.