Ear Pinning: Most Common Cosmetic Surgery for Children

Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:59 AM — by Dr. Sutton Graham

Most cosmetic surgery is performed for adult women, but there are specific concerns that affect children which parents decide to have corrected during childhood.  According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, of which Dr. Graham is a member, ear surgery is the most common surgery for patients under the age of 18.  Otoplasty is commonly done to treat ears that stick out too far (prominent ears).  This is usually done after the child is 6-7 years old, and has recognized the her or she wants it done.  The procedure involves weakening the abnormal cartilage and using sutures to induce more natural curves.  The only scar is usually hidden on the back side of the ear.  The child wears a bandage or elastic band for a few weeks after the surgery.  Contact sports are limited for a few months.

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