Refining the Look of Your Ears
If you don’t like the look of your ears, if you think they stick out too much, or if you want to refine your overall look, you may want to consider otoplasty. If your child has protruding ears, otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure to correct that before entering school.
Otoplasty refers to surgical and non-surgical procedures for correcting deformities and defects of the pinna, or outer ear. The procedure may be used for reconstructing a defective, deformed, or absent outer ear.
The objective is to make the ears more proportionate to the face. It is particularly difficult for young children who have prominent ears. Ears that stick out can make life miserable from the constant teasing by other children. In most cases, repositioning the ears back alongside the head will solve the problem.
The sooner in life the problem is corrected, the better. Ear surgery, or otoplasty can be performed on children as young as four or five years old, and of course, at any time for adults.
Good candidates for ear surgery include:
Children who are:
- Healthy, without life-threatening illnesses or untreated chronic ear infections.
- 5 years or older, or whose ear cartilage is stable enough.
- Cooperative and follow instructions well.
Teenagers and Adults who are:
- Healthy and do not have a life-threatening illness or other issues that may cause a problem with healing.
- Positive about the outcome of ear surgery, and who have realistic expectations.
Whether you are considering otoplasty for yourself, or your child, Dr. McLain will discuss with you all of your options and will help you manage your expectations. He and his staff will be able to answer any questions you may have at your consultation.
Dr. McLain will also tell you what you may expect before and during the process, and he will instruct you on aftercare, as well.
Contact McLain Surgical Arts in Huntsville, AL to Schedule a Consultation
McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing.
Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.