15 June 2009

The American Academy of Cosmetic surgery has revealed research that indicates that ear reshaping is the cosmetic procedure that has the youngest mean age of patients in the US.The association's 2008 Procedural Survey discovered that 27.7 per cent of otoplasties - a treatment where small incisions behind the ear and a reshaping or trimming of the cartilage re-defines the shape of the ear - were performed on an age range of 13-19. Additionally, the study found that the procedure has the youngest mean age of both invasive and less invasive cosmetic procedures at 29. Many reputable cosmetic surgery clinics do not perform treatments on children under the age of 18, making these figures even more surprising. Dr Patrick McMenamin, MD, President of the AACS, said: "While cosmetic surgery is not for all adolescents, there appears to be a trend in otoplasty for younger patients." The procedure is also a popular one in the UK, with otoplasty increasing 23 per cent between 2007 and 2008. According to a study by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, figures rose from 1,024 procedures on men and women to 1,260 during this period.Ear reshaping was also the third most popular male cosmetic surgery in 2008, with rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) in first place and eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty in second. Otoplasty was then followed by liposuction and male breast reduction in forth and fifth place respectively. Cosmetic surgery for men increased overall during this period, indicating a continued acceptance of plastic surgery options by men.