Of the many features targeted for ridicule during one’s formative years, the ears are a popular choice. Whether teasing is focused on overly large earlobes, asymmetrical or uneven ears, or ears that protrude, mockery can be psychologically and emotionally damaging to a child.
Continue reading to learn about how to address teasing and find out what you can do to prevent such situations from affecting your child.
- Encouraging Self-Confidence
First and foremost, it is important to instill a sense of confidence in your child. Let him know that he is simply going through a rough patch socially and that being teased is a normal part of adolescent life.
- Exploring Surgical Correction
If your child’s ears have become especially problematic, it may be time to consider a surgical remedy. Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure that can create a more natural, more proportionate appearance for the ears and face. Otoplasty is a procedure commonly used to treat children, as the ears are typically developed by age four or five. The sooner you invest in an otoplasty surgery, the less likely it is that your child will become a victim of teasing and humiliation.
Otoplasty is a relatively simple surgery that has minimally visible scarring. Incisions are typically made behind the ear and, once the targeted cartilage has been manipulated or excised, any necessary incisions are conveniently hidden behind the folds of the inner ear or along the hairline. As an end result, your child’s ears will be symmetrical, proportionate, and—to the naked eye—will not appear to have been surgically altered.
Are you considering otoplasty for your child? Call the cosmetic surgeons at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre. Our Houston offices can be reached via email, through our website or over the phone at (281) 394-4167.