A simple procedure that can alleviate a lifetime of teasing. Although most people don’t think…
Otoplasty can help solve a variety of issues related to your ears. For countless men and women in Sydney, the appearance of their ears causes them a high degree of adverse psychological effects. From anxiety to feeling highly self-conscious; all sorts of problems are associated with this very common physical issue.
For people who opt to have the procedure, they often ask about the process itself. Is Otoplasty painful?What’s the overall surgery and recovery like? The good news is that this procedure has minimal pain and recovery as compared to other cosmetic surgeries.
In general, post-operative pain is fairly minimal with most Otoplasty (Ear Pinning) Surgery. Often over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicine is all you’ll need to address the pain. However, like any surgical procedure there are inherent risks involved. Accordingly, your relative pain may be greater or worse depending on the specifications of your Otoplasty.
A typical recovery process for an Otoplasty procedure follows these steps:
1. Day of the Surgery
The surgery itself is generally an outpatient procedure – sometimes occurring in a surgical office instead of the hospital. An anesthesiologist will keep you comfortable during the procedure itself.
Immediately following the surgery, you’ll be wrapped up and will usually receive pain medication. In almost every case, you can go home on the day of the procedure without needing to stay in the hospital.
2. Night After Surgery
Directly after the operation you may experience a significant amount of pain and localised swelling. Dr Shahidi recommends remaining in bed with your head elevated up above your heart (to reduce swelling). Only eat soft, easily digested foods and drink cool or room temperature liquids. Occasional nausea and pain is common.
3. First Few Days After Surgery
Pain and swelling will remain common for the first few days after your surgery. Patients will typically have local pain and some related throbbing. Be careful what you eat as it may cause related pain due to chewing.
It’s also important to remember that you’ll likely be prescribed antibiotics together with pain medication. Make sure to take your full course of antibiotics as this will ensure your body is protected against infection.
4. Weeks After the Surgery
Within the first week post surgery, localised pain and swelling should decrease. However, you should still wear the bandages around your ears to keep them protected.
As the weeks progress and your ears continue healing, the overall swelling and pain will decrease. Within 6 to 8 weeks, most patients report little to no associated pain. Typically, Otoplasty surgery sites are fully healed within a few months. Check the Otoplasty before and after gallery to see the results or read the Otoplasty frequently asked quesitons.