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When to Consider Ear Surgery For Your Child

Patients come to Dr. Mark Fisher seeking ear surgery (also frequently known as “otoplasty”) for a wide range of reasons. Some patients are simply unhappy with the size or shape of their ears and feel that they could be better contributing to a sense of facial harmony. Others are interested in repairing ears that have become damaged due to some type of trauma. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Mark Fisher is extensively trained in facial cosmetic and pediatric plastic surgery and is ready to help your child enjoy the ears that are right for them. To learn more about how otoplasty can benefit your child, reach out and set up your consultation at our Westport location today.

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The Best Candidates

for Pediatric Ear Surgery with Dr. Fisher

Children are frequently considered for ear surgery, as ears that protrude or stick out can sometimes lead to unfortunate social outcomes in the future. Helpful to this point is the fact that the ears reach maturity at the age of five or six, so this procedure is safe to perform once a child has reached this age.

Otherwise, the most common reasons our patients consider ear surgery include:

  • Damage from trauma
  • Damage due to piercing or surgery
  • Keloids
  • Prominent ears
  • Overly large ears
  • Misshapen ears
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Preparing for Otoplasty Procedure

Preparation and preoperative consultations are important for each and every procedure, but they can sometimes take on an added level of significance when otoplasty is considered. Due to the fact that children frequently undergo this procedure, Dr. Fisher likes to work closely and establish a trusting relationship with his younger patients, explaining the ins and outs of the procedure and answering any questions they might have.

As the parent or guardian, you’re similarly welcome to ask any and all questions that you might have during your consultations with Dr. Fisher. He’ll help you explore what to expect on the actual day of your surgery, and will thoroughly discuss your child's aftercare and recovery experience. The idea is to ensure that you’re informed to a degree that enables you to feel completely relaxed and totally secure.

The Day of Your Ear Surgery

Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure and depending on the age and comfort of the patient, may be performed in the office or surgery center. The procedure takes about two hours and comes with a relatively speedy recovery process. This makes it ideal for younger patients. Follow-up visits at our Westport office will help us ensure that your child is healing well.

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Dr. Fisher’s Surgical Technique

General anesthesia tends to be a better option for children. Thanks to his extensive fellowship training, Dr. Fisher is able to perform otoplasty with minimal visible scarring. Your child's incision will be neatly hidden behind their ear, making it all but invisible to any casual observer. Utilizing this incision, Dr. Fisher will use sutures to shape, sculpt and pin back their ears, before carefully closing the incisions with absorbable sutures.

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Enjoying Your Incredible Results

After ear surgery, your child needs to keep bandages on their ears for one to two weeks, starting with larger bandages that cover your ears, before moving to a more comfortable headband style dressing. Your child will need to limit their activities after your surgery, and Dr. Fisher will provide you with very specific instructions. After about two weeks, your child should be able to resume their daily routine, enjoying their new ears and the way they perfectly frame their face.

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