Question : In which instances do you not advise otoplasty for children?
Answer : The two criteria that I use for otoplasty in children are their physical size and their psychological well being. If the child is too young, generally under five, I usually recommend against otoplasty because the ears have not completed their growth and they are very small. Similarly, on the psychological aspect, if the child is not emotionally ready to undergo the surgery and deal with the post-op, it may be best to delay the surgery. However, most kids at the age five tolerate otoplasty very well. This is the age at which I usually like to perform this procedure.