Children with prominent ears that stick out at the side often get teased about it by their peers. Parents often feel helpless about the situation, and in desperation some of them ask their physicians – how soon can my child have surgery to reduce protruding ears? Ear pinning surgery or otoplasty is done to place the ears closer to the head, so that they are less prominent.
Otoplasty in Children
No child wants to look different and be the butt of cruel taunts, so if protruding ears are making your child self-conscious, it may be time to consider otoplasty.
The ears are usually fully developed by the age of 4 or 5. Therefore Otoplasty produces very good results when performed on young children, as the cartilage is very pliable at that time, making reshaping a lot easier.
What is the right age?
Most plastic surgeons prefer to wait until a child is at least 6 years of age before performing otoplasty. The procedure is generally done under general anesthesia for children. If your child is being teased and has to deal with a lot of emotional distress because of it, then you may want to consider having otoplasty done as early as possible.
Otoplasty may be performed using various techniques, but it generally involves removing cartilage and reshaping the ear, so that it is sits near to the head. The head is usually bandaged after surgery, and the bandages removed after about 1 week.
If you would like to know how soon otoplasty can be done on your child, contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA. During your consultation with Dr. Kyle Song he will make an assessment based on the various physical and psychological factors that are at work. Please call (949) 701-4454 today and schedule an appointment.