Question : I am scheduled for otoplasty with local anesthesia. Where is the anesthesia injected? How many shots are normally given? Are the shots painful?
Answer : A local anesthesia is given in the preauricular area to block the nerves which innervate the ear. It often is combined with some IV sedation to give an excellent anesthesia and make the patient very comfortable. The shots are not painful and it’s a very small needle that is injected around the ear.