Ears that are prominent from the head can be a source of embarrassment for adults and especially for children. Children can be mean and relentless in their teasing about ears that stick out and/or are too large on another child. Otoplasty, also known as ear pinning or an ear tuck, is a surgical process that can reshape and/or reposition the ears so they have a more normal relationship with the head and face.
Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins has performed many ear pinning surgeries on adults and children, as young as 6 years old. This may sound surprising to you but otoplasty can be done on a child as young as 6 or 7 because by that time the ears are about 90% of the size they will be as an adult. The recovery time for an ear tuck surgery is about one to two weeks for a child (and an adult) and can easily be done during summer vacation with plenty of time left to enjoy the summer months.
Below is a picture of an actual patient of Dr. Perkins who had an otoplasty / ear tuck surgery in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center:
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