Is My Child a Candidate for Otoplasty?

If your child has been born with a problem with the appearance of his or her ears, it can be heartbreaking. You want the best for your little one and do not want there to be problems with bullying or a lack of self-confidence as your child gets older. Whether your little one’s ears protrude too far, seem excessively large, have large earlobes or are too small, it can really be upsetting to you. It can be even more upsetting to your child when it is time for school and social functions. Otoplasty can transform the shape of your child’s ears to give you and your child peace of mind.

Is Your Child a Candidate?

Otoplasty is a common procedure for children from the age of six to their early teens. By the time your child is six, the ears will have almost completely formed. This is the point that it will be safe to consider otoplasty. In your child’s younger years, the cartilage is flexible and will adapt more easily to surgery.

You also want to stave off any problems that your child might deal with at school or when spending time with peers. Waiting until adulthood will mean a more complex procedure with results that may not be as promising as a childhood procedure. So why make your child wait?

Why Consider Otoplasty for Your Child?

If your child’s ears were malformed at birth, otoplasty can correct the problem. Whether your child has large earlobes, ears without creases or ears that poke out too far, our plastic surgeon can help you find a solution. Act promptly and you’ll find that it will be much easier for our plastic surgeon to shape your child’s ears. You can expect a speedy recovery for a young one as well.

What to Expect During Otoplasty

Otoplasty is an outpatient surgery that can be performed at our office. For adults, twilight anesthesia might be advised. General anesthesia is often preferred for children to put them at ease. During the procedure, our plastic surgeon will make modifications in such a way that any scarring will be hidden from view. Your child will then be ready for recovery. Expect your child to have restrictions when it comes to being active in the week after surgery. It may take at least three weeks before your child can do all of his or her normal routines.

Contact Us Today

To find out if otoplasty is right for your child, make an appointment to see our plastic surgeon at Kaniff Cosmetic Medical Center in Sacramento. The consultation will include a careful evaluation of your child’s ears. From that point, our surgeon will make recommendations for treatment.

If you want to help your child to have ears that are properly formed, turn to our board-certified surgeon as your expert guide. You will be able to work together to help your child look his or her best. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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