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Otoplasty - Ear Surgery

If protruding or misshapen ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery. Ear surgery can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear.

 

While many people are born with ears they like, others would like to make changes to their ears. For those who were teased, and made fun of as children, a surgical procedure, ear surgery, or otoplasty, provides an opportunity to improve upon the appearance of one’s ears. This surgical procedure pins ears closer to the head, reduces the size of large ears, and reshapes them. This can result in the ears appearing more normal, smaller, or not stick out as much.

Typical candidates for this surgery are actually younger patients. After the ear has grown, usually between four to six years of age, children can have otoplasty. This is done at a young age so that the child can avoid being teased during their school years.

Adults can also undergo ear surgery, without taking on any additional risks. They usually have this done to enhance their appearance, and to improve self-esteem.

 


Should my child really have this surgery?

Children are actually the best candidates for ear surgery. Having ear surgery at a younger age carries psychological and physical advantages. The cartilage is extremely flexible, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping; and secondly, the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement. Children must wait until the ears are almost fully grown however, usually between ages four and six, before undergoing surgery.