Otoplasty surgeries are getting more and more recognition as children are getting their ears reconstructed to improve self esteem issues, birth defects and more.
Common Ear Birth Defects Found In Children
The two most common ear birth defects in children are: anotia and microtia. Anotia happens when the complete outer form of the ear that is seen by the eye fails to develop. On the other hand, microtia is a generic term for underdeveloped outer ears. Children can have varying levels ranging from 1-4 of microtia – with four being the biggest birth defect. While anotia and microtia are the most common ear birth defects for children there are some others, including but not limited to:
- Protruding ears
- Constricted Ears
- Stahl’s ear
- Congenital earlobe deformities
How Reconstructive Ear Surgery Can Help
Plastic surgery is a great way to help the overall improvement of your child’s ear. Because in some cases if ear birth defects go untreated, children can suffer from hearing loss and other ear related problems. While some ear surgeries should be postponed until a child is old enough and fully developed other surgeries can be done as early as seven-years-old. The average age range to get a child’s ear reconstructed is 4-14.
Ear surgeries are relatively quick, and while patients can’t expect a perfect ear, they can expect a normal-looking ear. Most procedures only take two hours. And after the ear surgery, children are encouraged to stay at home for a week until the main recovery process can finish.
Overall, reconstructive ear surgeries on children can:
- Improve a child’s elf-esteem
- Prevent further hearing loss
- Create natural-looking ears