When Dr. Roger J. Oldham meets with patients, he is careful to consider their personal needs together with the benefits and details of surgery. Often, plastic surgery is sought by adults and sometimes adolescents, but children can also seek the services of a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Oldham. For one, plastic surgeons use specialized techniques to close cuts and lacerations on the face or other visible areas. In addition to these small procedures, plastic surgeons like Dr. Oldham also perform Otoplasty (reshaping of the ear). With otoplasty, Dr. Oldham has been able to help dozens of children and young adults escape the pain of low self-satisfaction that comes with feeling like features of the face are disproportional.
Feeling like something is “off” in the appearance of your face is a phenomenon common to each of us. Features that have been with us at birth or that have changed over time can sometimes feel as if they don’t “fit” with other facial features. When young children have ears that protrude, they can be teased at school in very emotionally painful ways. Dr. Oldham recommends waiting until about 5 years of age, but considers otoplasty surgery for children to be ideal since it treats the ears sooner, limiting the period of teasing in school. Surgery on the ears can safely be performed at a young age since the ear reaches its adult size at a very early age. If you visit our photo gallery, you can see pictures of patients who have chosen ear contouring surgery for their children. There is an undeniable joy in the faces of these children after surgery.
Questions about Otoplasty? Call Dr. Oldham’s Bethesda office today to speak with Janet, our patient counselor. She can help answer some of your questions and then can set up an otoplasty consultation for you (and/or your child) with Dr. Oldham.