Is Otoplasty Right For You or Your Child?

Probably no other physical characteristic cries out for facial plastic surgery more than protruding ears. Children, long the victims of cruel nicknames like "Dumbo" or "Mickey Mouse," have historically been the most likely candidates for otoplasty. This procedure can be done as early as age five to six years. Even if the ears are only mildly distorted, the condition can lead to self-consciousness and poor adaptation to school.

Dr. Jacob has observed that there is also great demand for this procedure among both males and females in their teen years through middle age. Most of our patients in this age group give a history of having been self-conscious about their ears for many years. We are able to perform this procedure in our Metairie Facial Plastic Surgery office on teens and adults in our minor surgery room. This makes it particularly affordable as there are no facility fees.

A change in shape will not affect hearing. Although the ears’ folds and convolutions do serve to concentrate and localize sound waves, routine surgery to pin back or reshape ears will not produce a noticeable change in hearing.