Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) in Charlotte, NC

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  • Otoplasty corrects ear abnormalities like misshapen or protruding ears through cartilage manipulation.
  • Dr. Vincent Voci, a Charlotte plastic surgeon, specializes in otoplasty for patients as young as 5 ½ years old.
  • Incisions are strategically placed behind the ear to minimize scarring and achieve natural-looking results.
  • Dr. Voci also repairs torn earlobes through surgical intervention for optimal outcomes.

Otoplasty, commonly referred to as ear surgery, offers corrective solutions for various ear abnormalities, including misshapen, oversized, protruding, or misplaced ears, through cartilage manipulation and repositioning. Charlotte plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Voci, specializes in this procedure, performing it on children as young as 5 ½ years old, recognizing the emotional impact defective ears can have. Dr. Voci strategically places incisions, such as in the crease behind the ear, to minimize scarring. Additionally, Dr. Voci adeptly addresses torn earlobes through surgical intervention. Ultimately, patients can expect natural-looking results that enhance their appearance and confidence

Surgical Technique

The technique used during ear surgery will depend on the abnormality. First, there may be an insufficient amount of ear cartilage to support the fold of the ear, or too much cartilage where the ear canal starts. Both issues will cause the ear to protrude outward. In some cases, the ears may appear too large. Regardless of the condition, the cartilage will usually be addressed and either removed or reshaped. Then, the cartilage will be secured with sutures into a new position closer to the head. The incision is generally placed within the natural folds of the ear so scarring is not an issue.

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Permanent Results?

The results following an otoplasty procedure are long lasting. However, just like any other cosmetic procedure, aging and gravity may cause increased laxity. This could eventually affect the position of the ears. For the most part, the improvements made with this surgery are still significant. 

Ideal Age?

Children between the ages of 4-6 are considered within the ideal range for this surgery. From an anatomical standpoint, the cartilage is still soft and will be easier to remold and manipulate. From a psychological standpoint, having this surgery before starting elementary school can help avoid teasing and ridicule from classmates.

Both Ear or Just One?

In the majority of cases, both ears are affected. Therefore, surgery is performed on both ears. However, there may sometimes be an abnormality in just one ear. If this is the case, surgery will be performed on the affected ear, which will be made to match the opposing ear.

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