EAR SURGERY FOR KIDS
One of the crueler aspects of childhood can be the relentless teasing we sometimes suffer at the hands of our youthful peers for any perceived “oddities” in our appearance. “Big” or protruding ears is one of those physical conditions that can elicit unkind taunts on the schoolyard which lead to self-consciousness and, oftentimes, lower self-esteem. But, the irony is that most of these children don’t even really have overly large ears! Rather, they simply are missing an extra fold in the ear, which gives it that characteristic shape. With Otoplasty surgery, we can help recreate that fold, setting the ears back into a more natural, less prominent position.
We usually recommend Otoplasty surgery for children around age 6 as it proves easier for them to participate in post-operative care at this time, while their ear cartilage is still relatively flexible. We perform the procedure under general anesthesia and your child can return home with you the same day. We apply a head dressing which we will remove the next day in exchange for a lighter dressing to be worn for the next 3 days. Swelling can last for 1-2 weeks, but the results are apparent as soon as the first day much to the delight of our young patient!
NOSE SURGERY FOR TEENS
Having a nose that is too large for the face or crooked can be devastating to your child’s self-confidence. In addition, your child may have trouble breathing out of his or her nose due to a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates (soft tissue-covered bone that can swell with allergies or just be enlarged). We can address such breathing issues at the same time as a rhinoplasty.
One of the most frequently asked questions by our younger patients is: “How soon can I get a nose job?” Many of these teenagers are just entering high school but have been dreaming “fixing” their nose for quite some time.
The ideal time for a teen rhinoplasty would be around the age of 14 or 15 for young women and around the age of 15 or 16 for young men, which is after the growth spurt that usually occurs in the early teens. However, all teenagers are different, so there are some who may not be ready until they are a little bit older.
KIDS’ SKIN TRAUMA
It is practically in every child’s “job description” at some point in their life to have to visit the emergency room for stitches. At Eos Rejuvenation, we are sympathetic to how traumatizing unsightly lacerations can be not only to your child, but to you as well, and how long waits at your local ER can make matters worse.
We make treating your child’s cuts as easy and pain-free as possible. Most of these injuries can be stitched within 24 hours, with the exception of bites. For bites, we recommend going to your local emergency room for IV antibiotics and immunizations as needed. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to call us and ask about same-day treatment and we will do our utmost to fit your child in.