San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon on Benefits of Otoplasty for Children
Dr. John Hilinski discusses the long-term benefits of ear surgery for children who are self-conscious about their prominent ears.
San Diego, CA – Although children are not usually thought about in regards to cosmetic surgery, San Diego facial plastic surgeon Dr. John Hilinski reveals that many boys and girls undergo what is known as otoplasty, or ear pinning, at his practice. The purpose of this procedure is to improve the appearance of protruding or abnormally shaped ears. Dr. Hilinski explains that ear surgery proves highly beneficial for children as young as four or five years of age who are self-conscious about their ears.
The best age for otoplasty will vary based on the individual concern and physical development of each child, says Dr. Hilinski. He goes on to explain that children typically have reached 80% of their adult ear size by this young age, making it an appropriate time for them to address their ear concerns. By addressing the problem early, Dr. Hilinski notes that children can often avoid much of the teasing from peers at school, which has been known to leave a lasting poor impression on their self-image.
The facial plastic surgeon is pleased to help boys and girls protect – and improve – their self-confidence when their abnormal ear shape embarrasses them. He says that parents often notice this concern when their children consistently try to hide their ears with their hair. Dr. Hilinski believes that although this is a cosmetic surgery, it can help preserve their emotional well-being for the long-term.
For any children uncomfortable with the look of their ears, Dr. Hilinski stresses the importance of consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with performing the ear pinning procedure.
About John Hilinski, MD
Dr. Hilinski has dual board certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School; completed residencies at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center; and underwent fellowship training at the University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center and the University of California, San Diego Cancer Center. Dr. Hilinski is an active member of several professional associations, including the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is available for interview upon request.
Dr. John Hilinski
3720 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103