Kids are different from adults in that they don’t usually size up the appearance of other kids. They’re too focused on themselves.
But that disinterest can stop when a kid has something that is unusual and noticeable, something like protruding ears. That can be an area they focus on with teasing and other comments. It’s the kind of stuff that really hurts a child’s self-confidence.
But Dr. Turk can perform ear surgery to easily correct this issue before it impacts your child’s self-esteem. Now that we’re actually back in school, this can be a good time to address your child’s protruding ears.
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is the clinical term for this surgery to correct the ears. The goal of this surgery is 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 minimal scarring, can be hidden behind the ears.
Who are good candidates for ear surgery?
During your consultation with Dr. Turk, 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. This usually will be the case when the child enters first grade. 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!
Don’t count on kids to do the right thing and not tease a child with protruding ears. Dr. Turk can easily correct the condition for your child. Call us at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, (239) 348-4357, to schedule a consultation for ear surgery.