Ear Repositioning

Probably no other physical characteristic cries out for facial plastic surgery more than protruding ears. Children who have been victims of cruel nicknames like "Dumbo" or "Mickey Mouse" are the most likely candidates for otoplasty. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school.

When it comes to otoplasty, conventional wisdom is "the earlier the better". Once the ears have reached full size at around five to six years of age, this surgery can be performed. Having the procedure at a young age is highly desirable in two respects: the cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby permitting greater ease of shaping, and secondly, the child will experience psychological benefits from the cosmetic improvement. A positive attitude toward the surgery is an important factor in all facial plastic surgery, but it is especially critical when the patient is a child or adolescent. When considering otoplasty, parents can be confident that they have their child's best interests at heart. Consultation with our facial plastic surgeon can help parents decide what is best for their child, not only aesthetically, but also psychologically and physically.

And let’s not forget the adults as it is never too late to consider otoplasty. An adult has probably already experienced a lifetime of self consciousness due to shame or ridicule, and once surgery is completed, gains new confidence and self esteem. However, adult candidates for otoplasty should understand that the firmer cartilage of fully developed ears may not provide the same molding capacity as in children.




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