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What is the best way to improve the appearance of the ears?

Ear Deformities

People with “normal” ears have the privilege of not having to think of them. They can go through their lives with one less thing to worry about. But people with ears that are too large, or stick out, or fold over can’t help but think about their ears constantly.

This is especially problematic for children since they're anyways plagued by self-consciousness over perceived deformities, especially in the face of relentless teasing from peers. As such, "different" ears may eventually be the root cause of lifelong social anxieties, self-consciousness, and self-esteem issues. Fortunately, ear correction is one of the few plastic surgeries available for children as young as 5 to 6 years old.

We provide ear surgery in NYC (otoplasty), with options to treat the following issues:

  • Protruding ears
  • Lop ears, i.e., when the top of the ears droops down
  • Constricted ears, i.e., excessively small or cupped ears
  • Microtia, i.e., unformed ears
  • Split earlobes, i.e., torn or split earring holes

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that treats protruding ears, and it’s one of the few plastic surgeries available to children. Performing otoplasty in New York City, Dr. Pearlman curates a personalized otoplasty treatment plan to address the two primary issues related to protruding ears:

  • First Issue: Conchal bowl, i.e., an excessively deep cup of the ear. Dr. Pearlman may remove the small ovals of cartilage or add sutures to minimize the depth of the conchal bowl.
  • Second Issue: Lack of formation of the ‘antihelical fold.’ Dr. Pearlman administers Mustardé sutures to create or deepen the antihelical folds.

You should view otoplasty as a “reconstructive” procedure rather than a simple “cosmetic” procedure. After all, your child’s development and mental health aren’t cosmetic problems. An otoplasty is a reconstructive procedure that treats an inborn deformity, similar to braces for misaligned teeth.

What’s a suitable age for otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a suitable cosmetic procedure for children as young as 6 years of age. By the time children are 6 years of age, their ears are already at least 90% of the adult size.

Furthermore, children start socializing more actively at this age, so they’re more likely to experience bullying or teasing because of their “different” ears. 6-year-old children are also more capable of participating in decisions regarding their ear surgery, and it’s important to have an open discussion about their options. However, otoplasty isn’t necessary or advisable if your children aren’t bothered by the ears.