The preparation for otoplasty cosmetic surgery should ideally begin a few weeks prior to the scheduled date of surgery. The patient will receive instructions for the preparation from the surgeon, and should follow them carefully for a successful surgery. The patient’s detailed health records will be reviewed, a physical exam will be conducted, and their questions will be accurately answered by the surgeon as part of preparation.
If the patient requires any pre-surgery testing, it should be schedule well in advance of the otoplasty procedure. Experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides ear surgery to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills CA, and surrounding locations.
Weeks Preceding Otoplasty
In the weeks prior to the ear surgery procedure, the patient will be required to discontinue the use of blood thinners such as aspirin, and may have to adjust the schedule of some other prescription or non-prescription medications and supplements. If the otoplasty cosmetic surgery is to be performed on a child, the parents or guardians will be required to have adequate communication with the child about all aspects of the procedure.
If the child is going to miss the school for a few days, the school may have to be informed in advance. In case of both children and adults, the surgeon will present otoplasty before and after images to help them develop reasonable expectations. If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will strongly recommend them to stop smoking for a certain period prior to the procedure. Patients should also arrange for a responsible person to take care of them immediately after the surgery.
A Day Prior to Otoplasty
If the procedure is to be performed using general anesthesia, the patient will be required to stop eating or drinking at least eight hours prior to the surgery. Preparations for an extended recovery should be finalized, leave may be applied in advance at the workplace for at least one week, and arrangements made for a designated driver to take the patient home after otoplasty.
At least for the first one or two nights, the patient should have someone to assist them at home. Dr. Yavrouian is a dedicated facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon receiving patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills CA, and nearby areas.
The Day of Surgery
Before visiting the surgical center for the ear surgery, the patient should wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. Restrictive shirts or collars that the patient may have to pull over the head should be avoided. Particularly in case of children, care should be taken that nothing bends or pulls at the ears after the procedure is completed.
The hair should be thoroughly washed and cleaned on the morning of the surgery. Women may pin or braid their hair, while men may have a haircut at some point before the surgery. Makeup, jewelry, ear piercings, contact lenses, and other such accessories should be avoided on the day of surgery as far as possible.
For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.