Question: I’ve been looking into ear surgery for my 7-year-old son. I understand that fixing the ears now would be really good for him, but at the same time the thought of electing surgery for my child is really difficult. What sort of concerns are there when performing the surgery on children? Also, my son’s ears are generally large and stick out from his head, but would he ever grown into them?
Answer: Otoplasty surgery in North York, or reshaping of the ear, is ideally performed on children about the age of five before they start their major schooling. The reason for this is that ears that are extremely prominent may make a child subject to ridicule and long-lasting psychological damage if this ridicule is severe and prolonged. Techniques in general are very good to repair the ear. With most successful otoplasty, the patient experiences very little pain. Though it is an elective procedure, it does need to be done in experienced hands. Results are very good and the child goes home and recovers very, very quickly. It is always important in considering surgery to consider physical aspects as well as psychological aspects. As long as there are no psychological needs, contraindications or any physical contraindications for performing surgery, otoplasty is a very special procedure on children. In general, patients with ears which stick out very prominently do not tend to reshape these spontaneously but they tend to remain in this position even as they become older.