Cosmetic ear surgery in Charlotte NC
Unlike most forms of facial plastic surgery, which need to wait until the features of the patients are fully formed, cosmetic ear surgery can be performed on children as young as five as well as on teenagers and adults. By the age of five, the ears of small children have usually reached around 80 percent of their adult size.
The most common reason for cosmetic ear surgery is to correct ear protrusion. There are other deformities that can occur, but most of these are treated soon after birth. In order to perform cosmetic ear surgery, the surgeon makes a small cut in the back of each ear and adjusts the cartilage of the ears to make them lie closer to the head. This can be done under local or general anesthetic, but if the surgery is being performed on a small child, you should probably let them sleep through the procedure.
Recovery from cosmetic ear surgery
Once the surgery is complete, the surgeon wraps a gauze bandage around the head like a turban for about five days. This holds the ears in their new position until they have healed there. After about a week, the surgeon takes out the stitches.
For about a month after the surgery, you should avoid contact sports or any other situation that might cause an accidental blow or other injury to the ear. If a child is receiving cosmetic ear surgery, he or she should stay home from school for about a week, but an adult patient can probably return to work in several days.
Charlottes most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best surgeon to go to for cosmetic ear surgery in Charlotte NC. He’s been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has done only facial plastic surgery, including ear surgery, since 1988. If you live in or near Charlotte NC and you or your child needs cosmetic ear surgery, schedule your appointment today or ask for an online consultation so as to get a discount on the consultation fee.