Otoplasty Rising Among Teens

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While Lubbock parents don’t often encourage their teenagers to get plastic surgery, one type of surgery—an otoplasty—can make a significant difference in the life of a teen.


In this digital age, teens may post several pictures of themselves on social media every day. Their goal is often to rack up as many “likes” as possible for the image. But when you find out that your child is not winning the popularity contest but instead getting bullied online over something as little the appearance of ears, this plastic surgery procedure can have a life-long impact on self-esteem and confidence. Your child should be worried about what the latest style fad in Lubbock is and not about how their ears look. It can even carry over into later life. President Barack Obama has mentioned he is very sensitive about his protruding ears.


The otoplasty surgery is used to correct:

  • Asymmetry in one or both ears
  • Abnormally large ears
  • Protruding ears


How Is Otoplasty Performed?

The ear surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The doctor will make incisions in the front folds of the ear or on the back of the ear to hide potential scarring. The incisions allow the doctor to pin the ears back or reshape them into a more standard appearance. After these simple steps, the doctor stitches up the incisions and you are done.


What Is the Recovery Like?

After the surgery, the ears are covered with bandages and wrapped with gauze to protect the incisions while they heal. The area of the procedure will swell as a response to the incision and corrections. Cold compresses and prescribed medication can help reduce this swelling and assist in pain management during the first few days of recovery. The teen should not sleep lying on the ears until they fully heal. Usually, the bandages and stitches can be removed about a week after the surgery, and the results are seen immediately. After the bandages are removed, the swelling will continue to diminish until the area is completely healed. The results are meant to be permanent.
If you or your child is dissatisfied with his or her ears, consider otoplasty here at Rowley in Lubbock. This choice will do more than just increase their “likes” on social media; it will give them a new confidence as they begin to define themselves on more than their ears. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Rowley today. rowleyplasticsurgery.com

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