The ears are one of those features that go largely unnoticed unless there is something unique about them. Prominent ears, where the ears stick out from the head farther than usual, can be a source of teasing and embarrassment. Even if no one else says a word about them, it’s not uncommon for an individual to dislike their prominent ears and wish they would lay flatter against their skull. If you or someone you love has prominent ears, ear tuck surgery, or otoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to pin the ears back, improve aesthetics and increase self-esteem.
Ear Tuck Surgery for Children
Children notice quickly when there is something different about them. Whether it’s a cleft palate, crooked teeth or prominent ears, other children are quick to notice and, usually, make fun of the child with the different feature. If a child is naturally shy and reserved to begin with, going to school with prominent ears can cause them to become completely withdrawn. If your child has prominent ears and is distressed by them, ear tuck surgery may be used to pin them back.
Prominent Ears in Adults
As our ears are made of soft, pliable cartilage, there is no upper age limit for ear tuck surgery. If you’re tired of decades of long haircuts and refusing to wear earrings because of your prominent ears, you can technically have them surgically corrected at any age. Of course, you will want to be otherwise healthy before undergoing otoplasty, as this will help you to heal quickly and get the best outcome.
A Look at the Procedure
The exact details of ear tuck surgery vary from patient to patient, since each individual is unique. However, a typical procedure usually involves the reshaping and/or removal of cartilage. The end result is ears that are closer to the patient’s head.
Otoplasty does require a recovery period. It is important to take it easy and follow our surgeon’s instructions regarding healing during this time. Once you have fully healed, you can enjoy the results of your procedure for years to come.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or your child has prominent ears and you are considering a permanent solution, ear tuck surgery is an option you may wish to explore in more detail. During an appointment at Athena Plastic Surgery, you can get all the facts about otoplasty and how it may be used in your particular case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Stuart or Palm Beach Gardens.