Otoplasty for Children
Ear reduction surgery, known as otoplasty, seeks to correct prominent or protruding ears. It can even reduce the size of larger ears. This is a common ear plastic surgery used to correct ear deformities that are present since birth. While most otoplasty surgeries are performed on young patients, even adults who neglected the need for this procedure can have it done successfully. Dr. Eric Cerrati can perform otoplasty for children or adults at his South Jordan and Salt Lake City offices.
Dr. Cerrati typically recommends that parents have their child examined early if their ears seem overly large or protruding. Otoplasty is a pediatric plastic surgery, commonly performed on children between ages 4-14. The ears are usually fully formed by age four, so reshaping, resizing or ear pinning can be successfully completed without risk of continued growth disrupting the corrections. Plus, the earlier your son or daughter has otoplasty to correct an ear deformity, the less teasing your child may endure from peers.
Skilled Pediatric Ear Corrections in Utah
Common names for ear deformities that can be corrected through various forms of otoplasty are lop ear syndrome, protruding ear and prominent ear deformity. Each unique ear problem is carefully examined by Dr. Cerrati before he recommends a tailored treatment for corrections. He carefully consults with parents and the child to explain what procedures are recommended, as well as the possible risks, benefits and post-surgery recovery issues.
Otoplasty typically takes about one hour per ear, depending on the severity and what procedures are necessary. Your child can go home the same day but should refrain from activity for 3-5 days after surgery. A full recovery typically takes from 7-10 days. Dr. Cerrati uses the most advanced techniques for ear shaping and contouring, as well as hiding scars so they are virtually unnoticeable.
If your child has overly large, protruding ears or some other cosmetic ear issue, contact us today to schedule a pediatric otoplasty consultation with Dr. Cerrati at his Salt Lake City or South Jordan offices.