For patients in good general health, all surgeries are performed at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, our on site, private, accredited office-based surgical suite. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), which is the accrediting agency for hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.
All procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are performed under intravenous sedation, also known as “twilight anesthesia”. We feel that procedures performed under twilight anesthesia are safer (without the risks of general anesthesia) and lead to a quicker and easier recovery.
Immediately after the surgery a certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. The ears will be a bit sore for several days and this can be controlled with pain medication.
The sutures dissolve on their own after about 7 days. Most people at that point are able to appear in public.
Depending on how quickly you recover, you may expect to resume light activity within a week to 10 days and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days.
If you have a special event planned, Dr. Ahn advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.