Children with ears that stick out from the scalp may find themselves feeling self-conscious about how they look. To address this, parents can speak to Dr. Thomas Romo III of New York, NY, to discuss surgical treatments designed to address this imperfection. At Romo Plastic Surgery, we offer the otoplasty procedure for children–and adults–who are interested in addressing prominent ears.
What is the otoplasty procedure?
Dr. Thomas Romo III of Romo Plastic Surgery describes the otoplasty procedure for children as surgery performed to improve the child’s appearance and self-esteem. He explains that while the surgery is typically performed on children between the ages of four and 14, it can be performed on younger children or even adults as well. He notes that the procedure is generally safe and effective, with minimal risks and complications.
What happens during the otoplasty procedure?
The otoplasty procedure involves making incisions in the child’s ear cartilage, which are then reshaped to create a more pleasing appearance. In some cases, Dr. Thomas Romo III may also need to remove excess skin or tissue around the ear. The incisions are then closed with stitches, then a splint is placed on the child’s ear to help maintain its new shape as it begins to heal.
What is the recovery like after the otoplasty procedure?
Dr. Thomas Romo III notes that the child can expect some soreness and swelling after the surgery, typically controlled with pain medication. He or she will also need to wear the splint for approximately one week. In addition, the child should avoid strenuous activity or contact sports for several weeks following the surgery to allow the ear time to heal correctly.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Thomas Romo III to learn more about the otoplasty procedure
In most cases, the otoplasty procedure is successful in creating a more balanced and aesthetically-pleasing appearance to the child’s ears. This can help improve their self-esteem and quality of life significantly. If you are considering this procedure for yourself or your child, it is always a good idea to connect with a trained and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss the benefits of this surgery. New York, NY area patients can call 212-288-1500 to request an initial evaluation and a consultation appointment with our team.