Many children are self-conscious and get teased about their irregularly shaped or protruding ears, which can hinder their social development. Otoplasty, or ear surgery, can reshape and resize the ears, which can provide patients with confidence and self-esteem to significantly improve their quality of life. This is one of the most popular procedures for younger patients and can be performed on children as young as six years old. Adults also can benefit from this procedure.
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Frequently asked questions
Children whose ears have fully matured are usually good candidates for ear surgery, as their ears will have cartilage that is more flexible to shape. Children and adults who struggle with asymmetrical or protruding ears are also good candidates for otoplasty.
For younger children, it is recommended that otoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. For older children and adults, otoplasty can be done with a local anesthetic and sedative.
Otoplasty results are permanent, and the ear tissues will continue to age naturally over time.
Otoplasty may be covered by insurance in some cases. It is best to check with your specific insurance company to determine if you or your child is eligible for coverage.
Otoplasty will have no effect on your hearing.