Kids can be cruel. Some of us have been there. When we were young, perhaps we were different in some way. Our peers teased us without mercy. One reason might have been that you were born with a common formation where your ears stuck out a little too far from your head. Or, maybe your child has this condition. He comes home crying because the kids are calling him, “Dumbo” or worse. These critical words can ruin your child’s self image for the rest of his life.
But they don’t need to. There’s good news.
Otoplasty, ear pinning, is performed by a plastic surgeon and can change your child’s life. Most doctors like to wait until they’ve reached the age of 5 or 6 before ear pinning is performed. After these ages, it seems the ears have pretty much reached their potential growth.
And there’s more good news!
This procedure can be done under general anesthesia as outpatient surgery. He can be back to school in a very short time, proudly displaying his new ears for all to see. Can you put yourself in his place and imagine how he will feel for the rest of his life?
How do you know if your child is a candidate for ear pinning? First, you want to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon. If your child’s ears stick out too far from his head or if they are unusually shaped from birth.
Scarring is minimal since tiny incisions are needed on the front or back of the ears and, with time, they fade almost to nothing. Sutures usually come out in about ten days. You should tell your child there will be some discomfort but remind him of how good he will look. Showing him before and after pictures of other successful otoplasties by his plastic surgeon will do wonders for his patience level. Your plastic surgeon will be able to prescribe a good pain medication as well. If your child is regularly involved with a sport of some kind, it’s best to eliminate it during the healing period. Probably about a month.
Unfortunately, this type of plastic surgery is called cosmetic so it’s generally not covered by insurance. Many plastic surgeons will set up a payment plan and, believe me, it’s worth it when you think about how much better your child will look and feel about himself.
Besides his new look, your child will most likely experience more assurance in the way he looks, less emotional pain from his protruding ears, more balance and symmetry to his facial features, and, most of all, every day he will feel more and more acceptance from his peers.
There’s another super thing about this type of surgery. Every surgery, no matter how minor, has some risk involved. But this type usually has very minimal risk and nothing really considered a major risk.
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