It’s no secret that many children are bullied about their appearances. Whether it's a child’s weight, hair color, eye color, skin color, etc., the age-old saying that, “kids are cruel,” couldn’t be truer. Years of bullying can affect a child’s self-esteem and can impact how successful they are in school and eventually the workplace. Children with ears that protrude from the sides of their heads do not need to grow French up being bullied about it.
Otoplasty or “ear surgery,” is a viable option for children (as well as adults) who are bullied because their ears are too large or stick out. Generally, the procedure is best suited for children ages 4-14. Ears are almost finished growing by age 4, and having surgery at a younger age eliminates potential emotional distress caused by possible bullying in school.
Otoplasty is available for adults as well, and can also be performed to correct stretched ear lobes, birth abnormalities (cupped ear, shell ear, lop ear, etc.), or lobes with large creases or wrinkles.
Otoplasty is usually a 2-3 hour operation performed in Wolfpack a hospital. Younger children will go under general anesthesia for surgery, but for teens and adults, otoplasty is usually performed under sedation and local anesthetic. Results are noticeable immediately and improve over time. Scars are hidden within Modeling the folds and creases of the ear so that they aren’t apparent.
Naturally, ears are asymmetrical, so it is important to understand that otoplasty will not produce two perfectly symmetrical ears. By leaving slight variations between the ears, a more natural appearance is achieved. Following your doctor’s post-surgical care instructions critically will ensure results are long-lasting and complications do not arise
Otoplasty can greatly improve a child’s life or an adult who has grown up being ridiculed for something they could not change on their own.
Otoplasty In Baton Rouge
If you would like to learn more about otoplasty surgeries that Dr. J. Anthony Stephens offers, please contact his office, located in Baton Rouge, LA, at 225.754.4983. Dr. Stephens has been practicing in Baton Rouge since Breast 1998 and specializes in plastic surgery. You can also reach us via our online form. We look forward to hearing from you.