Otoplasty: A Cosmetic Surgery That Could Be Right For Your Child
A Word from Dr. Hetzler: Is Otoplasty Right for Your Child?
We all hear stories of children being bullied for various reasons.
In my practice, I often hear of children bullied because of the size or shape of their ears. It is heart breaking for any child to suffer from bullying. In the instance of large or awkwardly shaped ears, there is a procedure called otoplasty that can help both children and adults.
Otoplasty is also known as cosmetic ear surgery. It is a procedure to change the shape, position or size of the ears. The procedure won’t change the location of the ears or alter the ability to hear. Otoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures for children. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the majority of patients who undergo otoplasty are between four and 14 years old. Although children’s ears are most often fully developed by age five or six, reshaping procedures are performed as early as four years old. The earlier the reshaping procedure is performed the better,
though successful otoplasty may be performed at any age.
Because recovery from otoplasty is done in stages, the summer months are a good time for school children. Following surgery, a head wrap bandage is worn day and night for 14 days. After this it is worn nightly for three to four weeks. Participation in sports or exercise may be limited for about a month.
Laura T. Hetzler, MD, Board Certified otolaryngologist, is fellowship-trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hetzler specializes in facial rejuvenation and cosmetic surgery. In addition to injectables, Dr. Hetzler specializes in facelifts, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty, otoplasty, scar revisions and many other facial reconstructive procedures.
To make an appointment with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group’s Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, call (225) 765-1982.