Otoplasty in North Carolina can be performed on children

Otoplasty in North Carolina
Otoplasty in North Carolina is sometimes called “ear pinning” although pins are generally not used these days. It’s one of the few forms of facial plastic surgery that can be performed on children as young as four or five. By this age, a child’s ears should have reached about 80 percent of their adult size. It can also be performed on adults, of course, but performing it on children with too-prominent or misshapen ears can spare them a lot of teasing later.

The surgeon performs otoplasty in North Carolina by making a small cut in the back of each ear, then adjusting the cartilage of the ears so they lie closer to the head. Sometimes other parts of the ear need reshaping as well. This can be done under local or general anesthetic, but if the patient is a small child, it’s better to let them sleep through the whole thing. After the surgery, the surgeon wraps a gauze bandage around the head like a turban for about five days to hold the ears in their new position until they heal there. After a week or so, the stitches come out.

Anyone who has otoplasty in North Carolina should avoid contact sports or anything else that might cause an accidental injury to the ear for about a month afterward. If the procedure is being performed on a child, he or she should stay home from school for about a week and come back when the bandages and sutures have been removed. An adult can probably go back to work in a few days.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best surgeon to go to for otoplasty 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 or your child needs cosmetic ear surgery Charlotte NC, schedule your appointment today or ask for an online consultation so as to get a discount on the consultation fee.