Plastic Surgery and Minors

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Gage Berger, a 6-year-old boy, has recently undergone cosmetic surgery after being bullied by other children in his grade. The boy had protruding ears and was often called “elf ears” by his classmates. Gage’s parents, Tim and Kallie, discovered what their son was going through and feared that the harassment would cause permanent damage. That is when they decided that a cosmetic procedure known as otoplasty was the right thing to do.

What is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, can improve the shape, position, and/or proportion of the ear. This type of procedure is used to correct a defect in the ear structure. A defect, such as protruding ears, may be present at birth and eventually become increasingly apparent with development. This type of procedure can also treat misshapen ears caused by an injury.

Ostoplasty will create a natural shape to the ear, bringing both balance and proportion to the ears and face. The correction of even a minor deformity can have a profound effect on an individual’s appearance and, as a result, his or her self-esteem.

What Age Can You Have Plastic Surgery?
People ask, "Should children have plastic surgery?" It is important to note that doctors have different opinions. Some agree that surgery at a young age is acceptable, depending on the procedure and desired results. For example, in the case of Gage Berger, this minor cosmetic procedure will likely help him avoid lifelong emotional problems as the result of bullying. Some procedures, such as rhinoplasty, will require the patient to be almost fully grown, around 15 to 16 years old, before anything can be done. However, a procedure like otoplasty may not require this.

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Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon