Question : My daughter is 7. I know physically ear surgery would be an excellent option for her, but how do I know if she’s psychologically and emotionally ready for the surgery and the change?
Answer : Whenever I plan surgery on a patient, I assess both the physical fitness for the surgery as well as the emotional and psychological fitness for the surgery. Most children handle otoplasty well; however, if your child is very emotionally and psychologically unstable and does not react to change well in other situations, it may not be an option. It is more important to see whether or not at this age, a child expresses any desire for the surgery or is not bothered by their ears. If they are not bothered by their ears, I counsel the parents not to have any surgery and just leave it alone.