Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Cosmetic Ear Surgery

By Carolinas Center For Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery & aesthetic services in Charlotte, NC

In cases of protruding or over-developed ears, the procedure of otoplasty may be a cosmetic surgery option. Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears and is available for children once their ears have stopped developing, around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be the cause of psychological stress and trauma and should be treated at a young age before it becomes a serious issue.

Our oral & cosmetic surgeons are trained in several surgical procedures, in order to eliminate the majority of the problems related to protruding ears. Commonly a combination of removing overgrown cartilage and shaping existing cartilage is required for optimal results. The procedure typically takes only a few hours. The procedure can be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia and the doctor will discuss this option with you.

Sutures are placed and bandages applied to speed the healing process. After the operation patients should expect bruising around the area that fades in 2-3 weeks. Pain associated with operation is minimal and can be easily treated with oral medication. The bandages are only needed for a few days and should be replaced with a lighter dressing. Refraining from sleeping on the ears is required and patients are advised to use a very soft pillow. Showering with shampoo may begin after a few days. Expect two-to-three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult with your surgeon before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.

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