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Protruding ears can be a source of embarrassment and social inhibition for many young people, as well as for adults. When the ears are oversized or misshapen, it can draw focus away from the other features. Dr. Pratt performs otoplasty to help reshape the ears, removing defects and improving ear symmetry.

What is ear surgery?

Otoplasty, or ear surgery, is a cosmetic procedure performed to help remove excess ear cartilage, correct structural defects and improve the patient’s confidence in their looks. It is a very useful surgery for young children who are the victim of teasing or taunting because of disproportionately sized ears. It can safely be performed on children as young as 5 or 6 years old. There is no upper age limit for ear surgery, as it can benefit anyone who is self-conscious about their appearance.

What are the advantages of otoplasty?

  • Helps boost self-esteem and satisfaction with one’s image
  • Helps to balance and harmonize the facial features
  • Creates more proportionate ears
  • Enhances hairstyle choices
  • Reduces the likelihood of teasing, taunting and bullying

What is recovery like?

If the procedure is being performed on a child, it may be most prudent to pursue surgery over the winter or summer break when there is the most time to heal. Recovery can typically take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. Some minor bruising, swelling and tenderness is to be expected. Dr. Pratt will provide the appropriate medications, as well as a detailed aftercare plan. You should try to rest on your back so that only minimal stress is placed on the ears. Results can be seen immediately, and can provide an instant confidence boost.

Who makes a good candidate for surgery?

Anyone who is bothered by large, protruding ears, birth defects or ear injuries may be a good candidate for surgery, provided they are healthy, both emotionally and physically, and they are realistic in the results they hope to achieve. Shell ear, cup ear, and lop ear can all be treated successfully with otoplasty. Dr. Pratt will perform an in depth physical evaluation during your Charlotte consultation during which he will explain his approach in detail.

Dr. Pratt recently performed surgery on me. My experience throughout this process has been extremely pleasant, quick, and painless.

Dr. Broc  Pratt

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Why choose Dr. Pratt in Charlotte, NC for ear surgery?

For clients of all ages, Dr. Pratt represents a breath of fresh air. He is open, kind, caring and genuine, and sets even the most anxious of patients instantly at ease. This is especially helpful when dealing with younger patients who receive ear surgery. He is able to make them laugh while helping to calm their fears. His results are natural, elegant and appear effortless.

Dr. Pratt graduated from the University of Florida Medical School, subsequently pursuing a residency in the demanding area of general surgery at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He then completed a fellowship in the complex field of plastic surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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