When is the Right Time for Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) for Kids?
Parenthood is about constantly balancing options with their costs and benefits–all in the best interest of your child. When you have to make a decision about if and when to select otoplasty for your son or daughter, having more information will help you make the right choice at the right time. The timing of this procedure can greatly affect the outcome, and while some plastic surgeons will take children as young as 4 years old, Lubbock plastic surgery specialist Dr. Jane Rowley recommends waiting until the child is at least 6 for the following reasons.
Maturity Aids in Healing
An older child will be more likely to understand the implications about the healing process. They will also be less likely to play with the bandage that’s necessary for several days post surgery, which will mean better results from the procedure.
Desire Begets Investment
Lubbock plastic surgery specialist Dr. Jane Rowley also recommends waiting until the child asks for the surgery. This way the child will be invested in the surgery being successful and will likely be more compliant in the healing process and post-operative instructions. It’s important the child understands that the healing process and aftercare instructions are both vital to the success of the procedure.
While rare, complications from otoplasty do exist. Lubbock plastic surgery patients should be aware of these complications, and more importantly how to avoid them, no matter what the age. The most common risks are blood clot, infection, and scarring. With proper wound care, as well as a skilled surgeon, these risks can be avoided or mitigated.
If you have questions about otoplasty or any other plastic surgery, please call to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Rowley Plastic Surgery in Lubbock. Plastic surgery can be life changing, and you deserve to have an experienced surgeon on your side, especially when it comes to surgery for your child. Have peace of mind knowing you’ve chosen the best plastic surgeon Lubbock has to offer. Call today.