Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is increasingly viewed as an act of compassion rather than vanity. This simple procedure, designed to correct ears that stick out in an unsightly way, offers a refined and symmetrical look without undue discomfort. Because it is one of the only cosmetic procedures that is recommended for young children, however, otoplasty has also attracted its share of controversy. Today I wanted to highlight a recent news story that helps to put this procedure into the proper perspective.
As this story relates, life for a child with highly abnormal features can be difficult. Bullying is already a problem in many schools across the country, and the lasting trauma to a child’s self-confidence can compound that pain further. Ears that stick out unusually far may also affect simple daily tasks such as wearing a hat, listening to headphones, even sleeping comfortably on one’s side. As the featured mother puts it:
It’s never easy as a parent and it wasn’t something that I could tell her that she could change, because it was something she couldn’t change by herself.
Otoplasty is the way to achieve that change. I have been performing this safe and low-impact cosmetic surgery for more than ten years, and in that time I have witnessed firsthand the transformative effect an ear surgery can have on both children and adults. If you or your family is looking for an experienced Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon to reshape or reposition your ears with taste and discretion, please don’t hesitate to call my offices today.