Human ears are most often fully developed by age 4, which is why any developmental defects associated with ears get noticed and addressed relatively earlier in life. This in turn explains why ear surgery is most common in children. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has observed that the majority of patients who undergo otoplasty are between 4 and 14 years old. Another reason why the procedure is usually performed in children is to save them from peer ridicule which they would otherwise have to endure throughout their childhood.
While adults may also have to undergo ear surgery for several reasons the cartilage, which is comparatively more developed and firmer in adults, may not allow molding to the same degree as in the case of children where the cartilage is extremely pliable and permits greater ease of shaping.
Otoplasty is usually performed to improve the appearance of the ears by correcting such malformations as the following:
- protruding ears i.e excessive ear cartilage,
- large or otherwise deformed earlobes,
- ‘lop ear’ where the ear tip bends down and forward, and
- ‘cupped ear’ or ‘shell ear’ which could be a very tiny ear or an ear without natural creases.
Ears are also ‘created’ for patients with completely or partially missing or lost ears resulting from a birth defect or traumatic injury.
A successful otoplasty procedure will result in enhanced ears and removal of any defects, giving you a pair of ears that are in optimal proportion to the size and shape of your face and head.
Contact us with confidence to have your questions answered by one of the qualified surgeons at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinics. Our select team of plastic surgeons possess extensive, specific ear-surgery experience, as well as expertise in other areas of facial plastic surgery.