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Preparing for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

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Preparing for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)Otoplasty, commonly known as ear reshaping cosmetic surgery, requires some advance preparation before the schedule date of procedure.

Patients who are well-prepared will have a strong foundation for a successful surgery. The surgeon will provide detailed instructions for preparation at the time of initial consultation. The gap between the initial consultation and date of surgery should be enough to go through the preparatory steps.

In some cases, the surgeon may recommend a few pre-surgery tests, which will be scheduled well ahead of the otoplasty procedure. Patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive otoplasty from the judicious and remarkable board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim.  


Weeks before Otoplasty

If the patient is taking any blood thinners, NSAIDs, or vitamin and herbal supplements, they will be required to stop using them for a certain time period prior to the ear reshaping cosmetic surgery. If the patient is a child, the preparation process may involve parental or professional counseling to ensure that the child is comfortable and ready to undergo the surgery.

Information should also be given to the child’s school well in time because the child will have to stay home for a few days following otoplasty and is likely to miss a few days at school. The surgeon will also provide otoplasty before and after photographs to the patient in order to help them develop reasonable expectations.

Smokers will be required to stop smoking for at least a few days before otoplasty. The patient may also make advance arrangement for aftercare for the first few days of recovery, if necessary.


A Day before the Surgery

If the ear surgery is planned to be performed using general anesthesia, the surgeon will instruct the patient to avoid eating or drinking for eight hours prior to the procedure. Working people should apply for leave for about one week from the workplace. The patient should also arrange for someone responsible who can drive them back home after the surgery.

To make the immediate post-op phase more comfortable, the patient should arrange for an advance supply of items such as pain meds, gauze bandage, ice packs and extra pillows at home. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other areas in this part of Southern California for otoplasty.


The Day of Surgery

The patient should wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes to the surgery center. Any garments that are restrictive or need to be pulled over the head should be avoided. In case of kids, the patients should take special care to ensure that nothing pulls or bends at the ears once the surgery is completed.

On the morning of the surgery, the patient should thoroughly wash hair. Women may pin or braid their hair, while men may have a haircut if needed. The patient should not wear contact lenses, jewelry, body piercings or makeup to the surgery center. Diabetic patients should get their vital parameters checked on the morning of the surgery.

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