Ear Surgery in Charlotte, NC

Ear Surgery 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. Parents may notice an ear deformity in infants. This can be due to a malformed ear canal or ear bones that occur during pregnancy. In most cases, we recommend that a child be at least 5 years old prior to undergoing ear surgery. This is because at age 5, the ear cartilage is stable enough to be corrected.

You should consider 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

Ideal candidates include healthy individuals who do not have suppressed immune systems or diseases that would complicate 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, and 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.

During surgery, Dr. Mohamed will make incisions on the back surface of the ear. If an incision on the front of the ear is necessary, he will make them in the ear's 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.”

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 after your procedure.


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.

We will provide detailed post-operative instructions for you to follow. Our office is always available to answer questions about your treatment and recovery.

Pediatric Ear Surgery

Children with protruding ears are able to undergo ear surgery once their ears have finished developing, around age 5. 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 allow him to perform otoplasty procedures on children and adults with compassion, consideration, and optimal 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, many children can undergo procedures to improve facial symmetry and enhance their quality of life.

At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our staff makes pediatric patients feel welcomed and comfortable by asking and 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.

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