Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Charlotte, NC

Also known as otoplasty, ear surgery corrects protruding or over-developed ears. People commonly refer to this procedure as “pinning back” the ears, and it can be performed on both children and adults. There is no risk of hearing loss associated with otoplasty.

We can correct ear protrusions by strategically removing and reshaping cartilage for natural-looking results. This procedure brings better proportions and balance to the face and ears. By correcting even minor ear deformities, you can achieve a profound improvement of your self-esteem.

Waheed Mohamed, DDS, MD is a leading cosmetic and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), marking him as the leading surgeon in Charlotte. Working alongside him to ensure our patients receive outstanding results is Tina Angers, our certified professional aesthetician.

We understand that surgery to the face, ears, nose, and throat is delicate and the surgical process can be frightening. Our skilled staff is here to walk you through your treatment so you know exactly what to expect. We offer a variety of anesthesia options for any type of procedure to ensure your comfort.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia

Ideal Candidates for Otoplasty

Many adults undergo ear surgery because they are dissatisfied with how far their ears stick out. You should consider cosmetic ear surgery if you:

  • Are unsatisfied with how far your ears protrude from the side of your head
  • Believe you have large ears in proportion to your head
  • Are unsatisfied with previous ear surgery
  • Suspect or have been told by a medical professional that your child may require ear surgery

Good candidates include healthy individuals who do not have suppressed immune systems or are undergoing medical treatment that would delay healing. Nonsmokers typically have smoother procedures and recoveries. To see if you qualify for this cosmetic procedure or to learn more, contact our office in Charlotte, NC, today.

Ear Surgery Procedure

The surgical procedure usually takes a few hours to complete. Dr. Mohamed will ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery with IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your options for anesthesia, as well as your specific treatment plan, will be explained and determined during your consultation appointment. Be sure to discuss any medical history beforehand. This includes medical conditions such as chronic ear infections or middle ear infections.

During surgery, Dr. Mohamed will make incisions on the back surface of the outer ear. If an incision on the front of the ear is necessary, he will make them in the folds to hide possible scarring. He will then increase the fold and reduce enlarged cartilage where necessary. The ears will be repositioned, but Dr. Mohamed will avoid creating an unnatural appearance that is too “pinned back.”

Facial nerves are carefully avoided. We will place sutures to close the incisions and you will return home the same day as surgery. If you have undergone general anesthesia or IV sedation, a responsible adult must be present in the office to take you home.


Immediately following surgery, sutures and bandages are placed to optimize healing. A lighter dressing will be replaced after 2–3 days. During the first couple of days after surgery, it is important to rest. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities after 2–3 days.

Ask your doctor before attempting any athletic or strenuous activities during your recovery, as certain activities may interfere with your healing. Bruising around the ears is normal following surgery and typically resolves within 2–3 weeks. Mild discomfort can be controlled with oral medication as prescribed by your surgeon.

Pediatric Ear Surgery

Parents may notice an ear deformity in infants. This can be due to a birth defect causing a malformed ear canal or ear bones. In most cases, we recommend that a child be at least 5 years old to undergo ear surgery. At age 5, the ear cartilage is stable enough to be corrected.

Since protruding ears can be the source of psychological stress, early treatment by an experienced professional is recommended. Dr. Mohamed’s years of education and experience qualify him to perform otoplasty procedures on children and adults and achieve outstanding results.

We believe in making our office a safe and comfortable environment for everyone who walks through our doors. While many people associate cosmetic surgery with adults, children can also undergo procedures to improve symmetry and enhance their quality of life.

At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our staff makes pediatric patients feel welcomed and comfortable by answering questions and explaining treatment in a language they can understand. We also involve parents in the process by educating them on things to do during recovery to maximize healing.

How Long Does Otoplasty Last?

The results from otoplasty surgery will last a lifetime. It takes a few months for the ears to heal. You will see the final results in a year or less, once the ears have fully healed. Some patients worry that their ears will return to their natural state. However, after the ears undergo reconstructive surgery, they will stay that way. After otoplasty, you may feel as though your ears have “relaxed”. This minor change is normal and is due to natural growth.

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Charlotte, NC

Learn more about ear surgery, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, NC, today.

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