Surgery to the ear is usually performed for protuberant or prominent ears.
This can be performed in children or adults. In children, it is usually performed after the ear has reached full-size, which is usually around five to six years of age.
The timing of the surgery for a child is important to limit or reduce the psychological issues that often arise in school-age children. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia for children and can be performed with sedation or under general anesthesia for adults. It is a day surgery with the individual returning home that day.
The incision is placed behind the ear and is well camouflaged in the skin crease. A dressing is worn for several days afterwards.