Get Those Ears Pinned to Stem the Teasing

Kids can be relentless, especially when they settle onto an unusual condition in the appearance of another kid. This is especially true with protruding ears. Comments such as “satellite ears” or “Dumbo ears” can really impact the self-esteem of a child or young adult.

But it doesn’t have to. Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, can easily correct protruding ears and eliminate the source of any future teasing. Dr. Hetzler typically performs this surgery on children between the ages of five and 14, although adults can opt to have it as well.

The surgery

ear surgeryOtoplasty is a simple procedure. It begins with incisions made behind the ears. From those incisions, a small amount of cartilage is removed or reshaped. With that cartilage removed, the remaining cartilage is sutured into place, pulling the ears closer to the head. Because the incisions are made behind the ears, they are virtually invisible.

Who can have otoplasty

Obviously, children with protruding ears are the usual candidates for otoplasty, but adults whose ears were not pinned when they were kids can also benefit from the surgery. Other people have natural ear defects and opt for reconstructive ear surgery. Some of these congenital ear defects include cat’s ear, cagot ear, scroll ear, cleft earlobe, lop ear, microtia, macrotia, or a constricted ear. Overly large or heavy earrings can also cause torn earlobes, which can be fixed with otoplasty.

Don’t subject your child to the teasing he or she will receive if they have protruding ears. Dr. Hetzler can easily correct the condition with otoplasty. Call us at 732-219-0447 and let’s discuss it.

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