i wanted to know how old do u have to be to get an ear tuck ???
How Old Do You Have to Be to Get an Ear Tuck?
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How Old Do You Have to Be to Have an Otoplasty...
An Otoplasty can usually be performed on patients six years old and older. At the age of 6, the ear has reached about 90 percent of its growth. It can be wise to have the procedure as young as possible to prevent the teasing or self esteem issues that can occur with this issue. The child will wear a headband that sits over the ears at all times for one week after the surgery. They may return to school after one week and gym after two weeks. Be sure to consult with a Board Certified Facial Plastic or Plastic Surgeon when considering this procedure.
Appropriate age for otoplasty
At 5-6 years of age ears reach about 80% of adult size. This is considered a good time to undergo surgery as a child, because it is before he/she starts school and the stigma that may potentially be associated with it. After this age, it can be performed at any time.
Age for Otoplasty
Generally, otoplasty can be performed on anyone starting at around the age of 5 years old. This is the time at which the cartilage is stable enough for correction. It is also the time at which children start school and begin to get teased for looking differently than the other kids.
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Ear pinning can be performed on children prior to entering elementary school if there is a concern for teasing. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Otoplasty Has No Real Age Limits
Otoplasty surgery really has no age limits. I have performed ear reshaping surgery from age 4 up to 82 years old. Even when done very young, cartilage reshaping by sutures as not been shown to adversely affect ear growth.
An otoplasty can be done on kids as young as 5 -6years of age. The procedure can be performed under either local or general anesthesia depending upon the patient.
How Old Do You Have to Be to Get an Ear Pinning?
Otoplasty of ear pinning can be performed as young as five years old but there is no upper age limit for the procedure. I see many patients in their 20s - 40s who are inquiring about the procedure for the first time. I hope this information is helpful.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Weber Facial Plastic Surgery
Otoplasty or ear tuck can be done at 5 years of age.
Otoplasty or ear tuck can be done at 5 years of age. This is before the child goes to school and prevents other children from making fun of them.
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