Ear surgery, medically referred to as otoplasty, is one of the less common procedures that I perform, but it can have life-changing results for the people who seek it. While most people probably pay very little attention to their ears, people with large ears or ears that stick out prominently tend to feel very differently. Ears that are noticeable for their size can have a seriously detrimental effect on a person’s confidence, particularly children who are prone to teasing and bullying, which is why this procedure is often performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen.
Our ears are fully grown by the age of four, in most cases. If your child feels particularly self-conscious about their ears, ear surgery in Santa Barbara can be used to address the problem. The procedure generally takes between two to three hours and has a quick healing time. While it may feel like a drastic step for a child, in certain situations it could save them from years of torment and discomfort. Of course, we don’t recommend considering this surgery unless your child’s emotional state is seriously affected by their ears.
Addressing Other Cosmetic Ear Issues
Ear surgery is also common among older individuals whose earlobes have begun to sag and among people who suffer ear injuries. Whether you were in an accident that affected the external structure of your ears or were born with a defect, plastic surgery is now capable of replacing or reshaping damaged ears. It truly is amazing what modern medicine can do, and people who undergo otoplasty for reconstructive purposes tend to be extremely pleased with the results.
Other issues that plastic surgery can address include lop year, cupped ear, and shell ear. It can be used to reduce or reshape stretched earlobes and to remove wrinkles and creases from large ears. Among people who grew up wrestling, ear surgery can also be used to correct the external ear issues which that sport can create.
Whatever your reason for considering ear surgery for yourself or your child, I hope you will schedule a private consultation in our serene office. My main focus as a plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA, is to provide each of my clients with the highest level of personal care. During your appointment I will speak with you personally for as long as you need in order to feel comfortable, get your questions answered, and determine a course of action. I want to help you feel as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.