Worried about my big ears

Advice for those who say, “I’ve always worried about my big ears.”

I’ve always worried about my big ears

I’ve always worried about my big ears
Are you one of those people who say, “I’ve always worried about my big ears?” Otoplasty is surgery intended to correct oversized or protruding ears. It can be performed at almost any age, however, commonly the surgery is performed on children at the age of 5 or 6, when the ear is approaching full development. The most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte recommends that otoplasty be performed before a child starts school, in order to avoid unnecessary self-awareness and teasing. The good news is that adults are also excellent candidates for otoplasty, and there are typically no additional risks associated with ear surgery on an adult. Otoplasty can correct ear defects that are present at birth, or that becomes apparent with development. It is also very effective for treating ears misshaped by injury, bringing the ear back to a normal appearance and to a normal location.

Explaining otoplasty
Cosmetic surgery of the ear is an aesthetic procedure that alters the size, position, or proportion of the ears. The outcome varies for every individual, greatly depending upon the changes that are desired. The goal, and the common outcome is usually improved self-confidence and better body image, especially in children and teenagers. If the ears stick out, surgery can be performed to flatten the ears against the head. In the event that one ear is positioned higher than the other, the ears can be repositioned to create a natural symmetry. Large, oversized ears are usually addressed distinctly, or in conjunction with other ear issues.

When to consider otoplasty

1. If you were born with excessively large or small ears
2. If your ears are uneven on your head, or oddly placed
3. If your ears stick out prominently
4. If you have suffered an injury that has affected the shape or positioning of your ears

Who is a candidate for ear surgery?
There are some common reasons why you may want to consider ear surgery. For example, if your ears have reached their full size and appear irregular by the age of six. As mentioned above, children are common and ideal patients for this procedure. You might also consider otoplasty to reduce prominent ears that stick out too much. Age, after 5 or 6, is inconsequential, as surgery can be performed on adults as well as children. The surgery is available for anyone who is in good general health, with a positive attitude and realistic expectations.

Otoplasty in Charlotte, NC
Dr. Freeman specializes in faces only. As Charlotte’s most experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Freeman has refined existing techniques and created new ones. Many of his techniques have been adopted by surgeons across the country. Dr. Freeman’s patients enjoy the benefit of individualized treatment plans, and techniques that are a little more refined. Every patient is carefully assessed, to determine what they want changed, and what procedures would give them the best possible results. If you choose Dr. Freeman for otoplasty, you will be provided with complete and simple instructions to follow before and after surgery in order to ensure that you experience a comfortable recovery. Dr. Freeman has satisfied patients all over North Carolina and from throughout the Southeast.

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