Most patients are children aged between four and fourteen, however ear surgery on adults is also possible.
Having the surgery at a young age has two benefits: the cartilage is more pliable, making it easier to reshape, and the child will experience the psychological benefits of the cosmetic improvement. However, a patient may have the surgery at any age.
Skin and cartilage are removed from behind the ears, following which they are then sculpted to bend it back toward the head. Stitches may be used to help maintain the new shape with the incision marks cleverly concealed in the natural crease behind the ear. An alternative technique where no cartilage is removed uses stitches to fold the exposed cartilage back on itself and so reshape the ear again concealing the stitches in the natural crease behind the ear.
The recovery time is fairly short for this procedure, most adults can go back to work around five days after surgery. Children can go back to school after seven days or so, however care must be taken when in the playground for obvious reasons.