Are You A Good Candidate For Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?Posted on April 24, 2022
Many people, right from childhood, are unhappy regarding the shape and size of their ears. In some people, the ears protrude further than they should, are too droopy, or asymmetrical. Children with such issues are often teased at school. Adults may go to great lengths for hiding their imperfect ears by wearing hats or with their hair.
Otoplasty or ear plastic surgery is available for cosmetically altering the ears. This corrective surgery is popular among children and adults alike. You should know whether you are a suitable candidate for otoplasty if you are interested in ear plastic surgery or ear pinning procedure.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides otoplasty ear reshaping surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Suitable Candidates for Ear Surgery
Ears are among the few features that people cannot help from being seen. Long hair may work to cover them up, but only for a short while. They are visible enough to hang jewelry from. It is possible for people to become embarrassed about the shape of their ears.
This is why cosmetic ear surgery or otoplasty is a popular procedure for many people. Children that are constantly teased by classmates, adults fed up with drag on their self-confidence, or someone that has recently suffered trauma to their ears are ideal candidates for otoplasty.
Further, children that are born with ear defects also make excellent candidates for ear reconstruction surgery. There are certain conditions that can be treated better when the ear structure is young.
Otoplasty and Children
Congenital defects in the ear shape are dealt with at a young age. Children usually have otoplasty performed at the age of six. This is when their ears have become big enough to resemble that of an adult. Still, children between the age of 4 – 14 are common candidates for otoplasty. Children that are younger than 4 years of age have ears that are still growing. They normally don’t make suitable candidates.
Naturally, exceptions are always there for commonalities. You should have a conversation with your doctor for determining whether your child is a viable candidate for otoplasty plastic surgery or not.
Otoplasty and Smoking
Nonsmokers make the best candidates for otoplasty cosmetic surgery. It is critical that you quit nicotine for at least six weeks leading to and following the procedure if you are a smoker. Otoplasty surgeons recommend quitting smoking two months before the surgery. You should be prepared to stop smoking for a few weeks following the surgery as well.
You should have a healthy heart and lungs to be a suitable candidate for the procedure. This ensures that you can effectively and safely be placed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will ask for an echocardiogram or an x-ray of your chest. This is done to verify whether your heart is healthy or not.
You may have to avoid general anesthesia if you have a history of heart conditions. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for otoplasty ear surgery.
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