Serving Orange County: Newport Beach, CA
I see two different types of patients for otoplasty (ear surgery) procedures. The first group is younger children whose prominent ears have subjected them to teasing or taunting. The second group is adults who have lived for years with larger ears and are tired of feeling self-conscious about the size of their ears.
Is This You?
Here are some of the common reasons I hear about why a person is considering ear surgery:
Please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule an ear surgery consultation at my Newport Beach office in Orange County. Together, my staff and I will go over all options with you and your child, and give you thorough explanations and recommendations for treatment.
For both children and adults, ear surgery can be a transformative procedure that restores self-confidence. I’ve been happy to help many people who are self-conscious about their ears.
– Dr. Savalia
Ear Surgery for Children
I’ve found that before their child starts school, parents are more often concerned about the child’s large ears than the child is. This usually changes at around age 5 or 6, when children become more self-aware. Their ears can become the center of conversation, ridicule and teasing by classmates. I prefer to perform otoplasty for younger patients, both to avoid the ridicule and related self-esteem issues it can cause and to correct the ear when the cartilage is more pliable.
The ideal age for surgery is around 5 or 6, once the ear has fully developed but before the child has spent a substantial amount of time in a school setting. However, the surgery can be performed successfully for older children as well. Surgery is performed in the operating room and following the procedure, the child will need to wear a headband for a few weeks to protect the ears as they heal and keep them properly positioned.
Ear Surgery for Adults
For men and women who don’t consider ear surgery until well into their adult years, the procedure can still have a substantial positive impact. While you can’t undo the teasing from your younger years, it can be very empowering to take action. This is one of those rewarding procedures that takes little time, but can make a huge difference to the patient emotionally. Because the ear cartilage has stiffens by adulthood, performing otoplasty for adults is often a bit more difficult compared to the procedure for children. As with children who have the procedure, the adult patient will need to wear a headband for a few weeks following the procedure, but in general recovery is very quick and comfortable.
For more information on otoplasty, I encourage you to contact us online today.