Considering ear surgery for you or your child? Plastic Surgeons of Lexington can answer all your questions.
Our face is the first thing people visually notice about us. Our ears rarely attract much attention, unless however they are large, misshapen, or protruding. Children with prominent or deformed ears may suffer the ridicule of peers and a resulting lack of self-confidence.
If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery of the ear. Ear surgery is plastic surgery performed to improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, that becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. In general ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.
Ear surgery is possible in children as young as five, when the child’s ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. Children who are good candidate for ear surgery are:
- healthy, without life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections
- cooperative and follow directions well
- able to communicate their feelings and do not object when surgery is discussed
Teenagers and adult candidates should be:
- healthy, without life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for ear surgery
Ear surgery offers near immediate results in cases of protruding ears, visible once the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during healing are removed. With the ear permanently positioned closer to the head, surgical scars are either hidden behind the ear or well-hidden in the natural creases of the ear. With improved proportion and balance of facial features, the newly formed ears will most likely be framing a confident smile.
For more information on ear surgeries and whether or not this procedure is right for you or your child please contact Plastic Surgeons of Lexington for a consultation or to receive more information.