New Non Surgical Ear Pinning Produced Amazing Instant Results!!! - Sydney, AU
I have always hated my ears and have wanted to get...
One week later.
day 1. No pain after procedure due to local aesthetics. Took panadol and neurophen as I'm allergic to codeine. Could tell when it wore off!!
Day 2. Same as day one. If I forgot to take pain meds my ears reminded me. Very sore to touch. Ears a little puffy and red. Blood still dried on ears. Ears quite black.
Day 3. I forgot to mention that it's impossible to sleep. Argh! I showered today. Wet my ears. Felt scary but good. The pressure of shower water was painful. Still taking drugs.
Day 4. Itchy! Soooo itchy. Using antibiotic cream. Stopped taking oral antibiotics as they are making me sick in tummy and I am trying to enjoy holiday. Still very sore to touch even lightly. Can't sleep well!
Day 5. Stopped taking meds. Still sore but not pain. Am using travel pillow laying flat in bed to sleep. Why didn't I think of this day 1???
Day 6. Itchy!!! Sleeping better.
Day 7. When pushing ear onto head gently with palm of hand. Not painful. When pulling ear out away from head ouch!! I wear glasses and putting on and off hurts if I'm not careful.
Day 8. Itchy!!!
Day 9. Noticed ears are relaxing a little and have stuck out slightly. I'm concerned but they still look great.
Day 10. After shower whilst applying antibiotic cream with ear bud the glue fell off. I had forgotten about the glue. They look heaps better with it gone.
Very disappointed. Will contact the surgery as they told me in writing that you get $600 back.
Three week update.
Still happy with them.
Sometimes a little weepy in the mornings. A small crust appears on them which when wiped off with cotton tip produces a small spot of pus? Not red or inflamed tho. So all good.
5 weeks post procedure.
Medicare rebate update. Surgery was contacted and apparently I was charged under the wrong procedure number. Invoice to be reissued sci he should result in my rebate being $600 rather than $390.
Pain: still avoid air kissing/hugs. Still weeping. Bright blue stitches are clearly visible. Very sore to sleep on. Have to take glasses off with extreme care.
Right ear appears to have popped out a touch. Went to dr (just my GP) to see if infected. She said not infected. Perhaps my immune system rejecting permanent stitches. Contacted dr Beaini and staff said they sound infected. Will post me 10 days of antibiotic. Suggested that I might need a follow up visit to have them repaired. This will hopefully be free as I have to fly interstate at my own expense!
5 months post procedure.
I'm keeping it dry. (Hair washing less).
I'm using dettol on it (disinfectant for the skin)
I'm using antibiotic eye ointment (suggested by the chemist)
I'm covering it up with the worlds tiniest bandaids.
I'm doing this carefully and religiously.
It's too sore to sleep on. Still using my travel pillow.
It's still weeping.
It's still itches.
It's very sore to bump.
Christmas and new year a nightmare due to air kissing crazy times!!!! I know I keep mentioning this but honestly a good head bump to the infected ear seems to put me back a week in terms of healing.
Have emailed the surgery. They appear unorganised. Disinterested. Annoyed by my continuous emailing.
Honestly it should be THEM emailing ME with "how's your ear" rather than me emailing "my ear is infected, what should I do?"
I'm disappointed in the admin staff.
Would I do it again?
Yes. In a heartbeat.
7 Month report
To top it off, they in all honestly could sit closer to my head. I swear that my right ear sticks out further than the left and that it has moved slightly since having this done. My Dr said he will restitch for free if I am not happy, but it is my understanding that you cannot have local injections whilst you have infections as it will not work. That coupled with the fact that I have to fly interstate to have it done, which is costly and so on... and you have one really annoying set of circumstances. I am OVER IT!
After all this, would I have this done again? Yes I would. I truly believe that I am happier with my ears not sticking out and as I am getting married next year I am excited to wear my hear up and not feel ugly. Vain I Know.
I also firmly believe that somehow, these ears will settle and the infection will go away. I just need to find a Dr locally who will know what the infection is and treat it accordingly. I am planning a holiday in Sept to Sydney to revisit the Dr who did the procedure and fingers crossed 13 months later I will have a good result.
Not sure if I mentioned but I finally got my proper $600 rebate, although it was paid by the Dr not medicare, out of "good will". I do believe they are advertising the wrong rebate in their email communications. I hope after my rant and rave to them and they subsequently paying me out of their own pockets that they rectified this for future patients.
I will get some photos taken of the stitch and the position of my ears to add later this week.
As I said Dr Beaini is amazing. Just a very nice guy. Chatty, easygoing, professional without being arrogant (as some professionals can be). He's down to earth and kind. I have given three stars for email becuase there was some confusion during my emailing and so on, but this was apologised for and caused little drama. As I travelled interstate for my procedure it was tricky getting a appointment on a day where I could get cheap flights, this took a bit to organise and I did get a bit frustrated at times when emailing and phoning, but all in all it was ok. The staff that spoke to me upon my arrival were a little ambivalent, but perhaps that was just in comparison to the high level of excitement that I was feeling... 40 yrs of waiting and the day had come... I sort of expected a bit of a fuss... But Dr Beaini made up for that... He was fabulous.