When it comes to our physical features, ears are like elbows; many may not pay attention to them unless there’s a problem. Any issue with the shape or position of a person’s ears could be obvious to everyone who meets them. Otoplasty is a blanket term for surgery carried out to correct poor positioning or malformation of the ears.
If you or your child have ears that stick out too far, overly large earlobes, lop ears or other aesthetic ear problems, otoplasty may be an ideal solution. If you’re considering surgical correction, determining whether or not you’d be a good candidate for surgery is a first step.
You Don’t Smoke
Cigarette smokers, recent quitters and people who are exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke sometimes may have problems healing up after surgery.
Smokers may have higher instances of skin loss, infections and excessive scarring than their nonsmoking counterparts. It may be recommended to quit smoking several months before surgery to ensure proper healing.
You Are Generally Healthy
During your initial consultation, the surgeon may ask about your health and any conditions you may have. If you have any chronic illness, disease or syndrome, ask the doctor if surgery is safe for you.
For example, breathing problems, heart disease or clotting disorders may present unique challenges during surgery and recovery.
You may need special medication or extra monitoring to ensure you’re doing well. If you’re in good general health, otoplasty may be ideal for you.
You’re an Adult or a Child Over Five
Some parents, when handed an infant with misshapen or protruding ears, may want their child’s ears corrected right away. However, the ears may need to have matured before surgery to ensure positive results. For this reason, most kids may need to be at least five years-old before they can receive correction.
You Want Surgical Correction
If your child has a cosmetic ear deformity or protruding ears, you may want them fixed as soon as the child is old enough for surgery. This desire could come from a place of love, naturally.
However, it may depend on whether the child wants their ears fixed. This could allow him or her to truly appreciate the results.
Otoplasty may repair cosmetic ear problems or could make protruding ears lay back against the head. If you or your child has need of this procedure, contact Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery today to book a consultation.
Our location is in Werribee Victoria, Australia. We look forward to assisting you.