Heading Off the Teasing with Ear Surgery

Kids, especially in groups, aren’t known for their compassion. This is especially true when a kid has an unusual condition. Protruding ears can be unusual condition #1 and the child can be the target of teasing that can really affect the development of the child’s self-image. Being subjected to comments such as “satellite ears” or “Dumbo ears” don’t make a kid exactly want to be at school.

But children with protruding or misshapen ears don’t have to deal with the ridicule. Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, can easily correct protruding ears and eliminate the source of any future teasing. Dr. Kirwan typically performs this surgery on children between the ages of six and 14, although adults can opt to have it as well.

The surgery

ear surgeryOtoplasty, especially when the goal is to simply “pin” the ears, is a simple procedure. It begins with incisions made behind the ears. From those incisions, a small amount of cartilage is removed or reshaped. Dr. Kirwan never uses stitches alone, as he feels that the correction doesn’t look natural. He believes the cartilage always needs to be at least “scored.” This allows it to sit down naturally. With that cartilage removed, the remaining cartilage is sutured into place, pulling the ears closer to the head. Because the incisions are made behind the ears, they are virtually invisible.

Who can have otoplasty

Obviously, children with protruding ears are the usual candidates for otoplasty. But if you’re an adult who still isn’t pleased with the projection of your ears, there’s no age limit on the surgery.

Plus, other people have natural ear defects and opt for reconstructive ear surgery. Some of these congenital ear defects include cat’s ear, cagot ear, scroll ear, cleft earlobe, lop ear, microtia, macrotia, or a constricted ear. Overly large or heavy earrings can also cause torn earlobes, which can be fixed with otoplasty.

Don’t subject your child to the teasing he or she will receive if they have protruding ears. Dr. Kirwan can easily correct the condition with otoplasty. Call either our Norwalk, New York, or London offices and schedule a consultation.

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