For many, the ears are an oft-overlooked area of the body. But for others, especially those who have prominent or misshapen ears, they can feel like the center of everyone’s attention. Ears that call attention to themselves by sticking out away from the face can be a source of embarrassment, and may lead to a feeling of decreased self-esteem. The good news is that otoplasty, also known as ear pinning, is available to address these concerns. Here is what you need to know:
Plan for Surgery Once the Ear is Formed
Although otoplasty is suitable for children and adults, it is important to remember that surgeries must be scheduled after the ear is adequately developed. For many children, this means the best time to schedule surgery is between the ages of 4 and 14. Many families find it helpful to plan this procedure before their child has experienced too much bullying or otherwise felt negatively about the look of their ears. For adults, since the ear is already developed, there is no specific age requirement.
Expect to Take Recovery Time
Given the nature of this procedure, we recommend patients plan to take anywhere from seven to ten days of recovery time before returning to work or school. This will allow much of the swelling and bruising to subside, and a great deal of the discomfort to diminish. For children, it is useful to schedule this procedure during a school break or over a long holiday, so as to not interfere with school attendance or other activities.
Let Us Answer Your Questions
At Maryland Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we understand how difficult it can be to go through life with prominent ears. Children can be ruthless, and if your child has experienced bullying or been made to feel uncomfortable because of the shape of their ears, an otoplasty can help. We also know of many adult patients who have finally had the opportunity to address ear concerns they have carried their entire life, and we see what a difference it can make to the day-to-day experience.
So if you have questions about otoplasty for your child or yourself, we are here to help. Our team has served countless residents of Baltimore, Towson, Columbia and the surrounding Maryland communities. So if you have questions and are ready to learn more, do not hesitate to contact us.