It is the holiday period and the new school term is just weeks away. Somehow we see parents bringing in their child to see a plastic surgeon for the problem – the ears.
Every parent wants the best for their child and we tend to see more forthcoming parents seeking help from the Plastic Surgeon. Prominent ears also known as Bats ears can be surgically treated to alter the size and shape of the ears or set protruding ears back so that they are close to the head. This procedure is known as Otoplasty.
According to Dr Marco it is relatively common to see these cases coming into his clinic before the child starts school or during the school holidays.
Dr Marco mentioned that parents will bring their child in for a consultation with their mind-set usually to book the date for the procedure. However Dr Marco always insists to speak to the child and ask what is the problem and if it is troubling him/her.
“It is important to know what & how the child wants and feels, and if he/ she was being teased or bullied by friends in school or even called names due to the way his/her ears look. This kind of negative effects can affect the child psychologically and affect their well-being in school and in life. No one wants to be call names and being teased”.
Dr Marco commented that some of the children who really want to have the otoplasty procedure will even be willing to listen to instructions and cooperate with him to have their procedure done in the clinic under local anaesthesia that takes around 45 minutes. The child will participate willingly from taking the photos before procedure to cooperating with you during the whole entire procedure and tell you they do not even feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure! Of course you need to keep them inform of what you are going to do to him/her.
Dr Marco emphasised that during the consultation he will know who will be the best ones who can have the procedure done under local anaesthesia. Otherwise it has to be done under sedation or general anaesthesia in the day surgery centre or hospital.
The downtime for the procedure is about 3 days with minimal swelling and final stitches will be removed around 10 days. Dr Marco advises that it is best that the child can wear an elastic binder (like those sweat bands that’s tennis player wears or hair bands for ladies ) for at least a month or two depending on individual cases , and best during sleep time.
To learn more about Otoplasty , contact us at:
Dr Marco Faria Correa Plastic Surgery
Tel: +65 64648075
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.