Otoplasty may allow a person to pursue their life without having to constantly think about or have concerns about the way they might be perceived by others because of their ears.
This procedure is sometimes referred to as ear pinning or “bat ears” surgery. In fact, the term otoplasty does not describe one particular procedure, but a host of possible surgical strategies used to address a spectrum of ear deformities. Most commonly, however, otoplasty is used to address “prominent” ears.
Prominent ears are ears that are more noticeable to the people around us, that fall outside the accepted norm. This is an imprecise definition, because the perception of what constitutes prominent ears is highly subjective. More simply, however, prominent ears refer to ears, which noticeably stick out.
It is interesting that one person’s prominent ears, which are a source of constant psychological torment and social embarrassment, may be considered quite normal by someone else, who might embrace and enjoy every part of their unique appearance. The decision to first seek surgery is a very individual and based on many physical and life factors.
Otoplasty falls into a category of surgery that is sometimes considered “cosmetic”. This term is used loosely to describe a group of surgical procedures which address a physical feature which is non-life threatening, with or without physical symptoms. More importantly, “cosmetic” procedures often address issues of self-esteem and socialization. The effects of these surgeries are hard to quantify, but their benefits are undeniable. Otoplasty, in particular eliminates the anxiety and focus associated with the appearance of a person’s ears. It allows a person to pursue their life without having to constantly think about or have concerns about the way they might be perceived by others because of their ears. In the case of children having the surgery, it can give parents security and assurance that their child can socialize without being targeted.
We recommend consultation prior to all of our surgical procedures, and in the case of Otoplasty this can be particularly important. The following section describes some of the things to consider prior to your consultation.
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