Can Otoplasty Be Performed on a 10-Year-Old Child?

my ten year old child's ears stick out, and i was just wondering if otoplasty can be performed on her at his age?

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Otoplasty for proturding ears in children

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Otoplasty to pin back, or reshape the ear (pinna) is most commonly done in children beginning from 4 years of age.

Performing otoplasty in 10 year old is appropriate and offers the advantage that a child of that age can cooperate and cope well with his post operative care.

New York Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty in children

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Thank you for your question. Absolutely, your child’s ear has developed sufficiently at this point to accommodate a surgical procedure such as otoplasty to recontour her ears and make them less prominent. As others have mentioned, the surgery can be performed on children aged 4 and older. For younger children, the procedure is actually performed under general anesthesia in an ambulatory surgical center as they would be unable to tolerate an office-based intervention under local anesthesia, and would need additional monitoring with oral sedation that often times cannot be provided in the office setting. A consultation with an expert in facial plastic surgery will allow for a proper assessment of your child’s individual needs.

Otoplasty on a 10 year old child

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Yes of course.

This surgery nowadays is usually performed between 5-7 years of age. This role avoids psycological trauma. In the other hand, at this moment (10 years) ear size is almost at 80% of adult size.

Surgery must be done by a board certified plastic surgeon. In a 10 years old children, general anesthesia is preferred.

Enrique Etxeberria, MD
Spain Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty for children

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Otoplasty can be performed after age three, when the ears have reached 85 percent of the adult size. It is appropriate in a ten year old unless the child isn't psychologically ready to undergo an operation. I like to operate during transition points, ie, between elementary and junior high school, or preschool and kindergarten, where children will be exposed to new friends and situations as they will feel more confident and less subject to taunting with more normal appearing ears.

Can Otoplasty Be Performed on a 10-Year-Old Child...

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An Otoplasty can definitely be performed on a 10 year old child.  The lower limit is about 6 years of age and the procedure is commonly done on children.  Often times the procedure can be done before the child starts school to avoid teasing, but it is OK to wait and discuss it with your child as well to make sure it is something he or she wants.  Having it performed under general anesthesia is best to avoid the child waking up or moving during the procedure.  Be sure to see a board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon who performs a lot of these procedures.

Andrew Miller, MD
Edison Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 222 reviews

Otoplasty on Children

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Otoplasty can be done on children as early as 5 years of age.  I recommend doing this procedure for children as soon as possible once it is determined that the child is being affected by the prominent ears.  If a girl refuses to wear her hair up OR a boy insists on long hair to cover the ears, parents may want to discuss the child's concerns.  Avoiding psycosocial trauma (for example, teasing) is important at this age.

Otoplasty on children

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By the age of five or six, most ears have reached about 80% of their adult size.  Therefore, for the right candidate, this procedure is appropriate for children, teens and adults. 

10 Year Old Otoplasty is Possible

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Absolutely otoplasty can be performed on a ten year old. I have even had ten year old patients who allowed me to perform the procedure with just local anesthesia which decreases the cost signficantly.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

Otoplasty and age of patient

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Yes an otoplasty can be perofrmed on a ten year old.  Ears grow to approximately 80% of their adult size by 6 years of age and this procedure can be performed  at anytime after that.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews


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Otoplasty can be safely and successfully performed on a 10 year old. Schedule a Consultation for your child with a board certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon. Best wishes!  

Michael Sullivan, MD
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 112 reviews

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