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What Is Ear Surgery?

Technically known as otoplasty, ear surgery is performed to create a more natural and pleasing shape while bringing balance and proportion to the face and ears.

What Is Ear Surgery Recovery Like?

Most patients can expect to return to work and light activities at approximately one week after their Portland otoplasty procedure.

Plan to have someone with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery. Rest frequently during the first week of recovery but move around occasionally to increase circulation and promote healing. Keep your head elevated to help minimize swelling and discomfort. Do not rest your head on your ear.

You may also have a temporary wrap around the ears followed by the nightly wearing of a loose fitting sports headband to prevent excess pressure and stress on the operative site during the critical healing period.

Otoplasty FAQ's

Will I Be Able to Return Home the Same Day As Ear Surgery?

You should expect to return home the same day as the procedure. It is important to have a trusted family member or friend drive you home.

What Symptoms Will I Experience During My Recovery?

It is normal to experience swelling and tenderness in the ears following otoplasty. You may see redness around the area or experience tingling in the outer ear. These symptoms will diminish over time.

Will My Ears Be Bandaged after the Procedure?

You will have a dressing wrapped around your ears after otoplasty in Portland. This may be removed at your first postoperative visit in five to seven days.

How Soon Will My Results Be Visible?

Results will be visible in approximately two weeks after ear surgery in Portland. However, small changes may occur for up to twelve months, as residual post-surgical swelling subsides.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

Dr. Kim

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