The media has been blasting a lot of coverage about bullying, both inside and outside of schools. This is a common problem that seems to be getting worse with the Internet and social media networks, and parents are becoming more concerned with protecting their children from getting bullied as much as possible. Some parents have even gone so far as having their children undergo plastic surgery procedures to help them avoid harassment. One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for children is otoplasty surgery, which “pins the ears” back.
Children and adults that have protruding ears often get made fun of and teased by their peers. Children who have this are often called names, such as “Dumbo”. This can cause the child to have a lot of distress, pain, and low self esteem.
During an otoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision in the back and front of the ear to expose the cartilage. The plastic surgeon will then remove a small section of the skin and cartilage that is making the ears protrude outward. Sutures are then placed in the cartilage to permanently pull the ear closer to the skull. The post-op scarring is minimal, as well as the recovery time. This surgery, which costs approximately $3,625, is said to really help children (and adults) from unnecessary bullying. According to a RealSelf community survey, 93% of those who have undergone this procedure say that it was worth the money.
Dr. Hiatt offers the otoplasty procedure at his practice in Mesa Arizona. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hiatt can determine if otoplasty is right for you or your child. Call Dr. Hiatt today at (480) 844-1410 to schedule your consultation.