Question: We are allowing our 18-year-old son to have otoplasty. He is very self-conscious about his ears. I’d like to time the procedure so that he has little or no interruption to school or sports. How long is the recovery period? When will he be able to play sports again? He plays soccer and basketball.
Answer: It is very intelligent planning to make sure that this procedure does not interrupt the patient’s other activities. In general, most patients are well-recovered by the 2-week mark. I like to restrict any physical play for 6 weeks. However, patients can resume non-contact exercise after 1 to 2 weeks.