Children can be cruel to one another – and it’s never easy when your child faces such a problem, especially if it’s over a physical difference from the other kids. Everyone has a part of their body that they’re not comfortable with, and most people come to terms with it over time.
One common issue such as this is the problem of large or protruding ears. The playground taunts can be incessant, and even when they are dealt with by teaching staff, the damage is often already done. The child may become fixated on what they’ve been taunted about, and even if the other children have stopped, the victim may feel the sting for many years afterwards, sometimes into adulthood.
As children enter their teenage years, and as many of their peers start to focus on appearance and the opposite sex, this may all become too much for some children to bear. Some want to take drastic action to change things – such as by going through cosmetic surgery.
Any kind of surgery should be treated seriously, so what can be done if your son or daughter comes to you and tells you they want to get their ears “fixed”? It’s a difficult situation, and sometimes no matter how much they are reassured, nothing can change their focus on that one issue. Some kids grow their hair long to cover larger ears, others embrace it. And some children just want the problem of large ears to disappear for good.
Otoplasty, also known as pinnaplasty is the name given to surgery to adjust the appearance of the ears. It isn’t suitable for children under five years old as their ears are still developing.
It’s often seen as a safe procedure, but as with any surgery, there are risks.
What is Otoplasty
In the UK, it is only occasionally carried out by the NHS, in rare cases where the person is suffering severe emotional impact from their appearance.
Usually, the operation is carried out privately, and the costs range from £2000 – £4000 including the follow-up consultations that may be needed.
There are two places to check if you are seeking treatment in England. The first is the Care Quality Commission (CQC). If a clinic is not registered with them, then they are not allowed to carry out the procedure.
Next, reviews can be checked at FindOtoplastySurgeons.com. This is a directory site showing the best otoplasty and pinnaplasty surgeons in the whole of the United Kingdom. Their reviews will help you to make a choice.
Finally, you must check that the surgeon is registered at the General Medical Council. This site will allow you to check the doctor’s history and make sure that they are reputable.
When talking to a surgeon, it’s always good to find out how many times they’ve carried out your form of surgery, and what the most common complications tend to be.
The whole operation is usually carried out on an outpatient basis, and you should not need to stay in hospital overnight.
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Obviously, there will be soreness for a few days afterwards, and there may also be bruising. It’s very important during this time that the ears are protected from infection and damage, particularly during sleep.