Ear surgery often is recommended for children of six years or older as they near total ear development at age five or six. Correction of the ears prior to the child entering school helps to eliminate potential psychological trauma from the easing of classmates. Adults may also have their ears reshaped. As long as you are in good health, there is no upper age limit for Otoplasty.
The supporting tissue of the ears, called cartilage, is reshaped in order to position your ears closer to your head. This usually is accomplished through incisions placed behind your ears. Subsequent scars will be concealed in the natural skin crease.
After surgery, you will need to wear a bandage for seven days to ensure that your ears heal in their new, corrected position. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise and contact sports for several weeks. You can resume most non strenuous activities within a week. You will need to wear a head band at night for four weeks. Children need to be old enough to cooperate with the bandaging regime. Generally 6 years of age is the preferred minimum age.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.