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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.

Ear Surgery in Portland

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We are excited to announce we are now treating patients for all procedures and surgeries. After a month of optimizing our Covid-19 protocols, we are confident in our ability to offer a safe clinic and operating room setting for our patients and staff. We have instituted disinfection methods, enhanced air purification, and the use of personal protective equipment. We will continue to offer in-office and virtual consultations.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, the following modifications to the patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  6. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  7. Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgeries and select in-office procedures.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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