How old do you need to be to have otoplasty surgery?

Tags: age 17 or under self-conscious child

Are there any age requirements associated with otoplasty surgery? Obviously someone under 18 would need their parents’ consent, but is it safe to perform otoplasty on a young child? My son is 9 and I believe he would greatly benefit from having surgery now. He's expressed his self-consciousness to me on several occasions and it saddens me to see him this way.

ZenRona

F, 39, Texas

Otoplasty surgery is generally not performed until the size of the ear is mostly developed.  This usually occurs by age 7, so your 9 year old son should be old enough to have the procedure.