Although this is a cosmetic procedure, the procedure can lead to a great increase in self-confidence for people young and older. Dr. Beck is a skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon and can help those who have a more serious ear condition, including birth defects or ear damage associated with an injury.
Not every person is lucky enough to be born with the perfect ears. If you live with ears that protrude beyond what you feel is attractive, ear surgery can correct the problem. Called an “otoplasty,” this procedure is customized for the patient, as every person is different. Many teens or even children are plagued by ears that stick out and may be victims of teasing.
Who is a candidate for ear surgery in Charlotte, NC?
Those who live with the following ear issues are good candidates for a custom otoplasty:
- Cupped ears
- Shelled ears
- Malformed ears
- Wrongly positioned ear cartilage
- Overlarge earlobes
- Prominent ears
- Overlarge ears
- Protruding ears
- Missing ear structure due to a birth defect or injury
In your consultation with Dr. Beck, your ears will be fully examined to determine the custom surgical plan to reshape or reposition the ears to a natural look, where they lay flat against the head rather than being a distraction that pulls attention from your other features.
What to Expect
Any ear surgery performed by Dr. Beck is a custom surgical procedure. The most common situation that requires correction for cosmetic reason is to resolve protruding ears. The surgery involves small incisions that are hidden behind the ears, allowing your surgeon to move the ears to a more attractive position, which may require creating a natural fold for some patients. The procedure is performed under either general or local anesthetic, and typically takes about two to four hours to complete. The altered ear appearance is evident immediately after surgery.
After surgery, your head will be bandaged to hold the ears in shape and help ward off complications such as infection. Plan to rest for three to four days before returning to work or school. Minor pain can be managed with prescription pain medication, which is typically only necessary in the early stages.
Children & Ear Surgery
For children, due to activity level, it is important to keep them calm and avoid vigorous playtime at home or school. Vigorous activities are to be avoided for about two to three weeks to allow the ear structure to fully heal. If your child has protruding ears or misshapen ears, you can help them live a happier life by getting this problem resolved during childhood.
Other Surgical Options
Children may need an otoplasty to address misshapen or protruding ears. The ears, in the early years, are softer and the changes can be accomplished fairly easily.