I saw a young girl with her parents in clinic today. She was 18 months old, and her parents were concerned about her sticking out ears. “The cartilage seemed to be very weak, and when she was born, the ears were literally folded in half” they told me. They think she is perfect, but are was worried that she might get bullied in school due to her ears being prominent.
Pinning back the ears is an operation that we can offer, and often the result is very good. Most of the time, the patients just want their ears to be not be the focus of attention. However at 18 months, she is a bit too young for the operation. Normally we would carry out this type of procedure when the child is around 5 years old, just before they start primary school. Some families prefer to wait for the children themselves to decide they would like the operation, and we would then perform the operation at around 12 or 13 years old.
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