Ear Reduction (Otoplasty) Instructions

Please read these instructions carefully. If you have additional questions afterwards, feel free call our office on 706-235-5570.


Before the Surgery:

1) Have your antibiotic and pain management prescriptions filled prior to surgery. Make sure you have hydrogen peroxide and Q-tips on hand, as these will be helpful for keeping the wound site clean.

2) Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing drugs for 14 days before surgery. These can cause thinning of the blood and interfere with healing.

3) Two days before surgery, you are to take a shower with Dial soap or another antibacterial soap at least once a day. Be careful to fully cleanse the area in front of and in back of your ear. This will help reduce risk of infection.

4) You may wish to purchase a snug (but not tight) headband to wear during recovery.

5) Arrange to have someone drive you to and from the procedure. You will not be able to drive yourself.

6) If you develop a cold, fever or any other medical symptom, please call the office right away.

On the Day of Surgery:

1) Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before the surgery. This includes water or chewing gum.

2) Do not use tobacco for 2 weeks before, or 4 weeks after, surgery.

3) On the morning of surgery, please shower with an antibacterial soap (such as Dial), making sure to thoroughly scrub the ear area. Do not use any body lotion on your face. Do not wear makeup, nail polish or contact lenses to your surgery.

4) Wear loose fitting clothes – a zip-up or button-up top is a must, so that you won’t need to pull anything over your head after the procedure.


After Surgery:

1) Sleep in a semi-sitting position for the few days following your procedure. A recliner makes this easy, though using several pillows in bed is another option.

2) You will have a head dressing on after surgery. This can be removed after 48 hours, at which point you may shower using a mild soap and water. Be very gentle when washing your ears and hair, using only your fingertips.

3) After showering, place your headband gently over your ears. This should be worn continuously, except when showering, for the next 14 days. It should then be worn while sleeping for another 10-12 weeks.

4) Your ears will initially be swollen, discolored, and misshapen. This will gradually resolve over the next 2-3 weeks. The sutures behind your ear will be removed 10-14 days after surgery. You will not see your final result for up to two to three months postoperatively.

5) Resume your antibiotics regiment the evening following surgery, and continue taking them as prescribed until depleted.

6) Your compression bandage will be removed 48-72 hours after surgery. Plan to return for additional follow-up examinations after 1 and 2 weeks.

Learn more about Ear Reduction Surgery (Otoplasty) here.