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.