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.
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
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