Otoplasty (Ear Surgery) in Charlotte, NC
Having large or misshapen ears can be difficult as it can lead to teasing and ridicule regardless of age. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Klein and board-eligible plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Kochuba offer otoplasty (ear surgery) for children, adolescents, and adults living in Charlotte, Salisbury, Harrisburg, Concord and surrounding areas of North Carolina.
What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgery that is performed on the ears. Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba perform the surgery on children between five and 14 years old, as this is generally when the ears are fully developed. They also recommend the surgery for adults who are unhappy with the shape and/or size of their ears. Understanding why ear anatomy is important helps you know if it is the right cosmetic surgery for you. Like other facial features, the ears will either enhance or reduce facial balance. Any flaws with the ears become the focus of attention, and this can make anyone feel self-conscious. Otoplasty can enhance a patient’s self-confidence and overall appearance by optimizing the qualities of the ears.
Benefits of Ear Surgery
Ear surgery can help with:
- Ears that are too large for the head size
- Ears that protrude out from the head
- Ears that are not symmetrical
- Specific areas of the ears, such as the earlobes, that are too small or large
- Abnormalities in the shape of the ears
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Otoplasty?
Children should be at least five to 14 years old before having otoplasty. Adults can have the surgery at any time. Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba will discuss the outcome of your ear surgery during the consultation appointment.
What Do I Need to Do Before Ear Surgery?
We want you to be happy with the results of your otoplasty, so the best way to start is by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba. By using a patient-centered approach, they will listen to your concerns and describe how ear surgery will help you or your child.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Otoplasty?
Depending on the nature of your ear surgery, the procedure can take one to two hours for each ear.
What to Expect After Ear Surgery
The ears are wrapped with a compression bandage to help with healing. The most important aspect of your aftercare is to protect the ears from being injured. You will need to avoid activities that are strenuous or increase the risk of ear injuries for at least six weeks. You should not massage or manipulate your ears in any way as this can cause the cartilage to heal improperly.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Otoplasty?
The incisions for otoplasty are made behind the ears, so the scars are well-hidden. Initially, the scars will be pinkish in color. Over the first year, the scars change to a light brown or tan color and fade, but do not completely disappear.
When Will I See the Results?
You will need to wear a compression bandage for several weeks, so you will only be able to see the results during your follow-up appointments with Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba. Full healing can take six months to one year.
How Long Will the Results of Ear Surgery Last?
The results of otoplasty are considered to be permanent.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost in Charlotte?
When ear surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, the cost is not covered by medical insurance. We will review your cost after the consultation appointment. For your convenience, we accept payment by cash, check and major credit card. Financing is available through CareCredit®.
Do your child’s ears bring about teasing and embarrassment? Are you an adult who has never liked the size or shape of your ears? We invite you to learn about otoplasty at HKB Renaissance Plastic Surgery. Our team of plastic surgeons, made up of Dr. Klein and Dr. Andrew Kochuba, offers ear surgery for children and adults in Charlotte, Salisbury, Harrisburg, Concord and surrounding areas of North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.