Some children and adults in Tampa do not like their prominent ears and feel that they are ridiculed as a result. The reality is that some people are simply born with big ears or ears that stick out away from their head. There is nothing technically wrong with having oversized ears but for children (and some grown-ups), their appearance may be a cause for embarrassment. In young people, the large ears may be temporary until adulthood. Often times, the ears will be “right-sized” when the other facial features grow to their full extent as young adults. For some, the big ears and ears that stick out may be a lifelong trait that can be either a bother or simply a distinguishing characteristic.
Bothered by Big Ears
Some people with big ears are bothered by teasing and can suffer from a lack of confidence or low self-esteem as a consequence. This is especially true of children that are embarrassed by any feature that makes them appear different from their peers. Ears that stick out can be fodder for teasing by classmates and even make a child more prone to bullying during school years. In adulthood, large or prominent ears can still foster insecurity, anxiety and a feeling of low self-worth. Cruel remarks can leave emotional scars for life in some people with prominent ears.
Otoplasty Corrects Big Ears
For those that are displeased with the size of their ears, there is a solution to correct the problem. Otoplasty or ear surgery is a way to surgically improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. This surgery is available for patients that are over 6 years of age and can bring better balance to the face by reshaping the ears. The correction of even minor ear irregularities can bring benefits to the appearance and help increase confidence in both youths and adults.
This type of surgery is one of the few types of plastic surgery recommended for small children and it is actually is easier to perform while the cartilage is still soft. It can also be done in later years with good results provided it is accomplished by a well-skilled plastic surgeon. Ear surgery can treat a number of issues including overly large ears, protruding ears, ears that are too small or for to correct any problems that resulted from a previous ear surgery operation.
Seek a Well-Qualified Plastic Surgeon to correct Big Ears
Not all plastic surgeons are skilled or experienced in ear surgery so it is important to seek out a medical professional that has had success in doing the procedure in the past. In the Tampa area, Dr. Dominic Castellano has been performing otoplasty for many years at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia and a sedative. The surgery involves a small incision made behind the ear in order to allow Dr. Dominic to reshape the cartilage of the ear. Depending on the specific problem, the ears can be pulled back closer to the head to reduce their prominence or the surgeon can change the size of the ear. In Dr. Dominic’s practice, he has perfected a less invasive “suturing method” that provides the most natural looking results. His procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours to perform and requires less downtime for recovery following the surgery. At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, all work is done by an experienced surgeon in an accredited medical facility.
If large or prominent ears are a concern to you or your child, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic. The doctor can provide an examination and a recommendation on the best way to correct the problem with the ears. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano, is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery (including otoplasty) and injectable procedures. Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information www.EliteTampa.com