Following your procedure, you’ll have a dressing placed over your ears. Be sure to keep your dressing clean and dry. Additionally, try to do the following while your recover:
- Avoid touching or scratching at your ears.
- Choose a sleeping position where you aren’t resting on your ears.
- Wear clothing you don’t have to pull over your head, such as button-up shirts.
In some cases, you may also need to have stitches removed. The doctor will let you know if this is necessary. Some types of stitches dissolve on their own.
Common side effects during the recovery period include:
- ears that feel sore, tender, or itchy
- numbness or tingling
Your dressing will stay in place for about a week. After it’s removed, you’ll need to wear an elastic headband for another 4 to 6 weeksTrusted Source. You can wear this headband at night. Your doctor will let you know when you can return to various activities.