What is it?


bigstock-close-up-of-woman-beautiful-na-66549520Otoplasty is performed on children and adults to correct an overly projecting ear. An otoplasty sets the ear back closer to the scalp and forms or enhances the subtle architecture of the ear. Whether it be in adults or children, ear surgery has tremendous cosmetic benefits that can boost self esteem.

Steps to Otoplasty
Surgery to the ear is done by making an incision at the crease of the back of the ear where the ear meets the scalp. The area is pretty well hidden so patients do not have to worry about the scar being noticeable or hiding the scar.

There are special sutures used for the purpose of pinning the ears back in a more natural looking position. There may also be the need to remove and remodel cartilage. A tiny bit of cartilage is sometimes removed in order to provide a more permanent result which also offers a more natural look. The procedure concludes with a compressive wrapping of the head so that the positioning of the ear remains in place.

Otoplasty Recovery
One’s head wrap is not to be removed until they return for their post procedure check-up. Typical recovery for otoplasty patients span anywhere from 7 to 10 days. Once the head wrap is taken off, an athletic headband is recommended to be worn for a specified amount of weeks. The purpose of this is to maintain the proper ear position as the healing continues. A reduction in physical activity is also recommended for two weeks following the procedure.

Ear Surgery For Children
It is not uncommon for children to undergo this procedure as it will help to avert problems in regards to teasing or bullying. It can also aid in boosting self esteem and confidence. School life can also be made much easier for children with oddly shaped ears. Children over the age of five are excellent candidates because their ears have grown to near adult size by that point in time.

View Before and After Photos of Otoplasty Procedures performed by Dr. Liszka in Charlotte, NC.

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Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

March 18,2020

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non essential patient visits during the Covid 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1.  All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the  operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2.  All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of Covid 19. This includes:
          a. All new patient consults
          b. All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
          c. All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
          d. All long term post surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention
  3. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.


Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
(704) 295-0777

Practice Policy Regarding Covid 19

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is open for consultations, follow up appointments , and selected services. Our commitment to our patients is to provide excellent care in the safest possible environment. We have implemented protocols recommended by the CDC, North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding Covid 19 precautions. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask for admittance to our office, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. We are also timing appointments to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your trust and consider it a privilege to provide care for all your aesthetic needs. Please call for an appointment or if you have questions regarding our practice during these difficult times.