Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to correct abnormalities of the ear. Many patients-often beginning from childhood-are unhappy with the shape or size of their ears. For some, they stick out too far, and for others they are simply too large. In some cases, individuals are born with ear defects, while others may have a deformity caused by a trauma to the ear. Whatever the case may be, otoplasty can correct unwanted cosmetic issues of the ears.
Otoplasty for Children
Otoplasty can be performed at any age, so long as the ears have reached their full size, (usually any time after age 5) and actually is a rather popular procedure with children. Many children and teenagers undergo undue teasing and ridicule, just because their ears are "larger than normal" or "stick out too far," resulting in embarrassment and potential low self-esteem.
Having otoplasty done at a young age is highly beneficial for two reasons:
- The cartilage is extremely pliable, thereby allowing greater molding and shaping capacity
- The child will experience less potential teasing and embarrassment the earlier the procedure is done
While otoplasty is a relatively simple surgery, it can produce a dramatic effect on patients' self-esteem, making a world of difference in their day-to-day lives.