If you’re self-conscious about your ears, the highly skilled and experienced team at Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery offers ear surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Dr. Waheed Mohamed is a board-certified oral, maxillofacial, and cosmetic surgeon with years of experience helping patients of all ages—from young children to adults—look and feel their best through personalized ear treatments. 

Also known as otoplasty, ear surgery corrects protruding or over-developed ears by strategically removing and reshaping the cartilage. By correcting even minor ear abnormalities, you can achieve a profound improvement in your self-esteem and confidence. 


Why People Get Ear Surgery

There are many reasons why people choose to have ear surgery at Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, such as: 

  • Reducing the appearance of prominent ears 
  • Reshaping the ears to make them more symmetrical
  • Restoring facial balance
  • Addressing ear deformities 
  • Correcting stretched, torn, or damaged earlobes
  • Reducing the size of overly large ears

If you are considering ear surgery, contact our practice to find out if this treatment is right for you. Ideal candidates for ear surgery include individuals who are in good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. 

Additionally, you should not have a suppressed immune system or be undergoing medical treatment that would affect your healing capabilities. We also prefer that our patients do not smoke, which can delay healing and affect your recovery.

Real Patient Ear Surgery Results

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The Procedure Process Explained

While ear surgery can be a transformational procedure, it is important to understand as much as possible about the treatment, including the initial consultation, preparation, surgery, and recovery. 

The Consultation 

At your initial ear surgery consultation, Dr. Mohamed will examine the structure of your ears, ask you questions to learn more about your concerns, and provide professional recommendations for correcting the issues. 

In addition, he will discuss other important details such as your anesthesia options (general anesthesia or IV sedation), your medical history, past, and present medical conditions, otoplasty risks and benefits, and what you can expect in terms of treatment costs. 

During your consultation, it is also important to ask questions or address any concerns you may have. We are dedicated to building a relationship with you and providing all the information you need to ensure you are comfortable moving forward with the procedure. 

Before your procedure, Dr. Mohamed will ask you to undergo a medical evaluation to evaluate your overall health status, avoid certain medications or adjust your medications, avoid all nicotine products (e.g., smoking), avoid alcohol consumption, and arrange for assistance during your recovery. Depending on the type of anesthesia you have chosen, you may be asked to stop eating and drinking at least eight hours before surgery. 

Dr. Mohamed and his team will provide a more detailed list of instructions for your procedure preparation, and you should follow them carefully for a successful surgery. 

Ear surgery generally takes a few hours to complete. Dr. Mohamed will ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery with IV sedation or general anesthesia. 

During your 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 conceal possible scarring. 

Next, he will increase the fold and reduce enlarged cartilage according to your individual treatment plan. Dr. Mohamed will use utmost precision, skill, and artistic ability to reposition your ears to a natural-looking appearance, avoiding an overly pinned-back look. 

Once complete, the incisions are closed with suture, and you are placed in our comfortable recovery room to wake up from the anesthesia. 

Immediately following your ear surgery at Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, sutures and bandages are placed to optimize healing. Soft dressings applied to the ears will remain for a few days.

During the first couple of days after surgery, it is important to prioritize your rest and recovery. After two to three days, most patients can resume their normal routine and daily activities. 

You can expect bruising around the ears, which should resolve within two to three weeks after your procedure. Mild discomfort is also normal and can be alleviated with oral medication as prescribed by your surgeon. The final results will be visible in a year or less. 

Other Things to Consider Before Getting Ear Surgery 

Are There Any Risks Involved? 

Risks associated with ear surgery include bleeding, infection, scarring, changes in sensation, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, when you choose a highly-experienced surgeon such as Dr. Mohamed, you can rest assured that these risks are minimized. 

Will I Need to Request Extensive Time Off From Work? 

At Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend adults take one week off from work to prioritize healing and recovery. In comparison, children should take off at least one week from school. 

How Long Will My Results Last? 

Dr. Mohamed uses industry-leading otoplasty techniques and his innate artistic skills to deliver beautiful results that should last a very long time. Generally, otoplasties produce permanent changes in your ears, and if you follow our aftercare instructions closely, your ears should maintain their new appearance for the rest of your life.

Is It Really Worth it? 

Many of our ear surgery patients struggled with self-esteem due to enlarged, misshapen, or protruding ears before their treatment. After surgery, they were better able to enjoy life and step into a more confident version of themselves. Wouldn’t you agree that ear surgery is worth it if it could significantly transform your life like that? 


We’re Here for You 

If you have any questions about ear surgery or would like to receive a customized treatment plan, contact our practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, and schedule a consultation today at (980) 247-2927. Let’s work together to help you reach your cosmetic goals.