After the initial consultation, if there is agreement between both you and Dr. Stevens to proceed with the operation, a preoperative office visit is scheduled. At this appointment, your complete medical history is taken to determine your general health. A thorough examination of both ears and facial structure is also undertaken. At the consultation, Dr. Stevens will discuss with you how the ears should look in relation to other facial features. Photographs of your ears will be taken to allow him to evaluate the most effective technique to achieve the desired results. Also, photos can be particularly useful as a tool to see and discuss refinements that may not have previously considered, such as a receding chin. In addition to conventional photographs, Dr. Stevens may offer computer imaging to illustrate the possible changes in appearance. Finally, he will discuss the type of anesthesia to be used as well as possible risks and complications.
Before you leave the office, you will be given a written set of instructions to follow to prepare you for your surgery. These will include the elimination of aspirin or aspirin containing products, fish oil products, or vitamin E to lessen the chance of a bleeding problem. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection. You will be advised to cleanse your face using Betadine skin cleanser the night before and again on the morning of your surgery. Following preoperative instructions is vitally important so that you are assured of the safest operation with optimal results.