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Preparing for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

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Preparing for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)Before the scheduled date of ear reshaping cosmetic surgery or otoplasty, the surgeon will provide detailed instructions for preparation to the patient.

Appropriate and poignant preparation will create the foundation for a successful surgery. The surgeon will perform a general health exam, ask questions about the patient’s current health, review their past medical records, and address any doubts or concerns that the patient may have.

If the surgeon feels that the patient should undergo certain pre-surgery tests, these will be scheduled well ahead of the otoplasty procedure. Dr. Eugene Kim is a marvelous, successful, and board certified plastic surgeon providing otoplasty and other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.


Weeks before Otoplasty

The surgeon will instruct the patient to temporarily stop the use of blood thinning medications, NSAIDs, and certain vitamins and herbal supplements in the weeks preceding the procedure. If the patient is a child, the surgeon with the assistance of parents or guardians of the child will ensure that appropriate communication is done with the child about otoplasty cosmetic surgery.

The parents should inform the child’s school in advance because the child may have to miss school for a few days after the surgery. Otoplasty before and after photos will be presented, for both adults and children, to help them develop realistic expectations. If the patient has a habit of smoking, they will be required to quit the habit at least for a few weeks before the surgery. The patient should also arrange for aftercare for a few days, if necessary.


A Day before the Surgery

In case otoplasty is to be performed with the patient under general anesthesia, they will be instructed to avoid eating or drinking for eight hours before the surgery. Preparations should be made for the recovery phase, such as applying for a week’s leave at the workplace and arranging for someone responsible to drive the patient home after the surgery.

The patient may also keep necessary items at home in advance such as gauze bandage, pain relievers, ice packs, and extra pillows. Profound and reliable plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other areas in this part of the country for otoplasty.


The Day of Surgery

On the day of the ear reshaping surgery, the patient should wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes to the surgery center. They should avoid wearing any restrictive shirts or collars that may have to be pulled over the head. Special care should be taken in case of kids to ensure that nothing bends or pulls at the ears once the surgery is over.

The patient should wash hair thoroughly on the morning of the surgery. Men may have a haircut prior to the surgery, while women may pin or braid their hair. The patient should leave at home things such as jewelry, contact lenses and other accessories. Makeup should be avoided on the day of the surgery. Diabetics should have their vital parameters checked on the morning of the surgery.

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