Kids don’t usually notice a whole lot about another kid’s appearance, unless there is something that truly sticks out. In the case of the ears, this can have a literal meaning. Children instantly fixate on ears that protrude too far, or are too large or misshapen. And this attention can be a confidence crusher for a child.
But our Elite plastic surgeons can perform ear surgery to easily correct this issue before it impacts your child’s self-esteem. We’re getting close to another school year — and this year we’ll be back in the actual classroom! — so this is a good time to make plans to address your child’s ears.
What is otoplasty?
Ear surgery, clinically known as otoplasty, is performed to reshape the ears or reposition them into a more desirable position. Usually, otoplasty is performed to “pin” the ears into a position closer to the head. Conveniently, in this instance the incisions, and future scarring, can be hidden in inconspicuous places.
Who are good candidates for ear surgery?
During your consultation with Dr. Armstrong/Cullen/Martin/Knoll, he will determine if your child is a good candidate for the procedure. Parents usually consider having the procedure when the appearance of a child’s ears starts to affect his or her confidence. By the age of 4, the ears are basically finished growing, so surgery can be performed. Other people are born with natural ear defects and opt for reconstructive ear surgery. In adults, torn earlobes due to injury, trauma, or a period of wearing earrings that are much too heavy are the more prevalent reasons for having otoplasty.
During ear pinning surgery, an incision is made behind the ear to gain access to the cartilage. Once the cut is made, the ear cartilage is then recontoured while excess skin in the area is removed. After the ear is repositioned much closer to the head, the surgical cut is closed with sutures or dissolvable stitches. Other types of otoplasty will involve reconfiguring the ear shape and are, by nature, more involved.
Generally, recovery is not very difficult, especially for fast-healing children. The recovery of self-esteem is even easier!
Does your child need ear surgery? Call us at Elite Plastic Surgery, (866) 331-0612, and set up a consultation for otoplasty.