How Young Can You Have Otoplasty Surgery?

Posted by Dr. Levine in Otoplasty

When it comes to having Otoplasty surger, many parents wonder how young is too young to have it performed on their child.

Typically, most children will be eligible for this operation once they reach the age of four. By this time, the child’s ear will be developed enough to undergo Otoplasty surgery without risk.

It’s best to have this operation done between the ages of 4 and 14. There are two reasons doctors recommend getting this surgery during this timeframe: When you are young, the cartilage in your ears is easily pliable which makes it easier to form. The other reason is thanks to the unfortunate ridicule that children with prominent deformities often face in grade school. Psychologists say that children who deal with these issues at an early age are more likely to have a better self-confidence throughout their school years.

Getting Evaluated for Otoplasty

During your consultation, your surgeon will examine the ear and discuss how they can correct the problem through surgery. They will observe the structure of the ear and will be able to determine if their patient is a good candidate for the operation.

To achieve symmetry, the doctor may have to operate on both ears. The inner ear will be left untouched for this procedure, so hearing will not be altered in any way. The procedure can also be performed on adults.

What to Expect on the Day of Surgery

When it is time for the doctor to operate, young children will be given a general anesthesia. Older children and adults will be given a local anesthetic and a mild sedative. In almost every case, patients are allowed to leave the hospital the same day their surgery took place.

Caring for Your Ear after Surgery

Once the operation is over, the patients head will be wrapped in a bandage which will help form and heal the ear.

After a few days of recovery, the doctor will require a follow up visit where they will examine the healing progress and renew the dressing on the wounds. Sports and other rigorous activities should be avoided for at least four weeks in order to protect the ear. During recovery, it is common to experience headaches, swelling, numbness, and itching.

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