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My son is 5 years old and has very large ears that also stick way out from his head.

Question:

My son is 5 years old and has very large ears that also stick way out from his head. I feel he is a candidate for otoplasty. My husband and I always tell him he is perfect just the way he is. He will start school this fall and we are concerned about the social ridicule he will most likely receive. Should we approach this surgery with him now or wait until the children start making fun of him in school?

Answer:

If your son has outstanding ears but hasn’t expressed to you self-consciousness about them, I see no reason to pursue an otoplasty at this time. However, if he is keenly aware of this issue, otoplasty can be performed as early as 6-7 years of age once the ear further matures in size. If he has not shown any concern for his ears, surgery can be delayed indefinitely. A gentle way to approach the subject is to ask him if he likes his ears better “this way” while you hold them back closer to his head. No matter whether otoplasty is performed as a child or an adult, it remains one of the most satisfying, long-lasting procedures performed.

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