Swelling is a common side effect of any surgical procedure, including otoplasty. When it comes to facial plastic surgery like otoplasty, patients often want it to go away as quickly as possible since it is more difficult to conceal. Patients often want to know how to reduce swelling after otoplasty surgery. Dr. Jonov will provide recovery instructions that will help you stay comfortable and reduce swelling. He may also provide other tips for reducing swelling. First, you may not see too much swelling immediately after surgery. Swelling will usually set in gradually over two or three days. After worsening, it will resolve over the next couple of weeks. Normally, it becomes concealable after five to seven days. To help reduce swelling, Dr. Jonov often recommends sleeping with your head elevated and avoiding bending over or similar movements. This will keep blood from rushing to your head which can worsen swelling after otoplasty surgery. Secondly, you should avoid ibuprofen and aspirin based painkillers because they can worsen swelling. While it may be okay to take these in certain cases, you should only use them under Dr. Jonov’s direction and limit their use. To manage pain and symptoms, Dr. Jonov will prescribe other medications. Finally, you should limit your activity for the first few days to prevent swelling. Doing too much too fast can lead to worsened swelling and bruising, especially within the first week of surgery. Dr. Jonov will evaluate when you can return to all activities. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online using our Price Simulator™, chat, and contact form.