Children sometimes unfortunately have ears that are misshaped, overly large, or protrude from the head. Because of their ears, these children can be the subject of taunts and teasing at school. Their self-esteem can take a bit hit as a result.
But otoplasty, or ear surgery, can correct any issues with the ears, whether on a child or an adult. For children with unusually large ears, they need to wait to have this procedure until they are eight years old and before they are 14. Adults can have their ears reconstructed at any time, but because their ear cartilage is fully developed, the procedure can be a bit more involved.
At The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, otoplasty involves either the removal of cartilage from the ear to reshape it or the removal of skin and folding of the cartilage for reconstruction purposes.
Otoplasty takes about two hours to complete but it can take longer if the operation is complex. Recovery from the procedure takes two to three weeks. You will be advised to rest and refrain from doing any physically demanding activities for up to a month.
There’s no reason for kids to deal with large or misshaped ears. Call us and let’s discuss your otoplasty options.