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How To Reduce Swelling After Otoplasty Surgery

By | Ear Surgery
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.
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Otoplasty Bellevue: What Is Otoplasty Surgery?

By | Face, Ear Surgery
Otoplasty is the term used to describe the cosmetic ear surgery known as ear pinning. This procedure corrects ears that are malpositioned or “stick out”. Otoplasty is common for children to prevent or deter schoolyard bullying. The cartilage structures of the ear stop forming at around age 5 or 6, making the procedure safe at that point. Adults can also undergo ear pinning surgery. When Dr. Jonov does otoplasty surgery in Bellevue, the location of the incision depends on your anatomy and goals. Most of the time, otoplasty incisions are located either behind the ear or in the natural creases of the ear. From here, he will remove extra skin and move the ears into a more natural position.  In general, the procedure takes around two hours to complete. While most otoplasty procedures address both ears, there are some cases where ear malposition may affect only one ear. Dr. Jonov can determine what otoplasty technique will best suit your needs. Otoplasty can sometimes refer to other cosmetic ear surgeries such as those to address ear shape, deformities, or previous trauma. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also contact us online via contact form, chat, or Price Simulator™ app.
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Otoplasty Recovery: A Timeline

By | Ear Surgery, Face
Otoplasty, or ear pinning, refers to any surgery that addresses the shape, size, or position of the ears. It most commonly pins ears that stick out. Most patients experience a fairly easy recovery and find that they can return to the majority of their daily activities within a week or so. Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig Jonov, details the timeline of an otoplasty recovery. Immediately following surgery, you may feel groggy and nauseous from the anesthesia. You will go home the same day to rest and begin recovery. Dr. Jonov will likely provide a headband to wear, as this will help reduce swelling. The day of surgery you should rest.  In the days following surgery, many patients find that that can get up and around. Dr. Jonov will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to keep you comfortable. It is important to avoid touching or scratching the ears or incisions. You may experience side effects such as swelling, pain while chewing (a soft diet may be required), and redness. These side effects should subside within a week or so.  A week after surgery, patients often return to work. Most, if not all swelling, has resolved. At this point, persistent side effects can be covered with makeup. The ears should begin to settle into their new position, although it will take a few months to see the final results. Overall, most patients find an otoplasty recovery comfortable.To schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.
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Ear Surgery Questions: What Is Otoplasty?

By | Ear Surgery, Face
When most people think of plastic surgery, the ears may not spring to mind as a body part that people seek to change. However, cosmetic ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a procedure that can change the position, size, and shape of the ears. Most often an otoplasty corrects ears that stick out, this is known as “ear pinning” surgery.  Otoplasty can correct birth defects, injuries that altered the shape of the ear, or if someone is simply unhappy with the appearance of the ears. It is a simple procedure that normally does not take longer than a couple hours. Additionally, even if the birth defect or issue only afflicts one ear, both ears are usually operated on to maximize symmetry and lead to the best result. Occasionally, only one ear is treated, but this is rare.  Patients can undergo the procedure as soon as the ears fully form, so normally anytime after age five. Adults and children undergo the procedure frequently in the United States. It is generally a well tolerated surgery and most patients recover quickly with little scarring. While incision placement will vary based on the goals of the procedure, most otoplasty incisions are hidden behind or in the natural creases of the ear. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online