Question: My seven-year-old son has ears that really protrude. Already at his age the other children call him names such as Dumbo, etc. He has actually come home crying on more than one occasion. Is he old enough for otoplasty surgery?
Answer: Protruding ears can be quite a psychological trauma for kids. Quite often young children can tease and be really cruel. I like to perform the surgery at age five to try to avoid this potential stigma about the ears. At seven years old, your child is a very good candidate to have the otoplasty surgery performed. The result can be very natural-looking.