My daughter has ears that stick out too far

Question:

My daughter has ears that stick out too far. My husband and I have discussed otoplasty but I am afraid that going through the surgery and having pain will traumatize her. In your practice, have you found that young children can get through the surgery unscathed? My daughter is 9 years old.

Answer:

The ideal time to perform otoplasty on a child with prominent ears is between the ages of 4 and 5. At that point a child’s body image is not completely developed and they will not have a great recollection of the surgery many years later. Certainly at 9 years old it is okay to perform this surgery as well and we have many teenagers that present who have finally decided to have this done. Regardless, the earliest that we would perform this on a child is 4 to 5 years of age and they do quite well as children are very resilient.