Is Otoplasty Painful? Understanding Discomfort and Recovery
Otoplasty or ear-pinning itself should be painless, whether performed under sedation with local anesthetic, or general anesthesia. It is the postoperative period that some may find brings discomfort. Assuming the postoperative course is without complication, pain from otoplasty or ear-pinning surgery peaks the day after surgery, and diminishes over the course of the following three to four days to be tolerable enough without the use of narcotics.
Of course, pain tolerance varies significantly from patient to patient. The 72-96 hrs time frame is a “ballpark” figure, and a reflection of personal experience. Several other important factors are crucial to consider in breast enlargement surgery. Pre-incisional administration of local anesthetic greatly diminishes postoperative breast enlargement surgery pain. Postoperative pain and tenderness can be further affected by the degree of surgery or the surgical technique used to reshape and pin the ear.